Application submission for the 2014 program is now closed.
Because there are not enough resources to accommodate everyone who applies to the program, class size is limited. For consideration in the program, each applicant is required to complete and submit an application, participate in an in-person interview, provide personal references, and successfully pass the background check process.
The U of I Extension Master Gardener Program is a training and volunteer program. After the training and 60 hours of volunteer time, you will be certified as a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener. (If you are accepted into the Chicago Botanic Garden program, you will be expected to volunteer at the Garden.)