Become a Dubuque County Master Gardener

Those with an interest in gardening who would like to volunteer in the community are encouraged to join the 2014 Dubuque County Master Gardener program. Both long-time gardeners and inexperienced beginners are welcome to join. Applications for the 2014 Master Gardener Training are due by September 5th. The training is set to begin on September 11th and will continue through November 4th. Applications and class information are available on the Dubuque County Extension website, or call 563-583-6496 for details.

The program trains volunteers on many aspects of gardening. In exchange for training, Master Gardener volunteers share their time and knowledge on approved projects within their local communities. Training consists of 40 hours of web-based broadcasting and face-to-face instruction at Dubuque County Extension and on the Iowa State University campus. After training, participants must complete a one-year Master Gardener internship consisting of 40 hours of volunteer service. Additional volunteer hours and ongoing training are required in subsequent years to maintain the Master Gardener status.

Since 1979, the Iowa Master Gardener program has trained over 10,000 people. Master Gardeners are highly visible volunteers in their counties. Master Gardeners may work at local gardens, schools, nursing homes, or other community beautification or education projects. Master Gardeners answer questions on the radio, give presentations at gardening seminars, and discuss plants at local plant sales. You might talk with Master Gardeners on the phone or via email or at booths at a local farmer’s market, county fairs, or home and garden shows. The Master Gardener program is unique both for its community emphasis and because it directly utilizes the broad research-based resources of Iowa State University.

To become a Dubuque County Master Gardener, contact Jason Neises at the Dubuque County ISU Extension office by calling 563-583-6496 or visit