So, you want to become a Master Gardener Volunteer?

We get calls and emails at the Extension office on a regular basis from clients asking how to become a Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV). Many of these individuals are reaching out to us because they simply love gardening, but do you have to have gardening experience to be an MGV? The truth is, anyone over the age of 18 can really become an MGV, as long as they have the desire and willingness to learn. The question really should be, is the MGV Program for me? In order to answer this question, we must first understand what the MGV Program is and how it came to be.

In 1972, a Horticulture Extension agent by the name of Dr. David Gibby from the state of Washington was having a difficult time responding to all of the horticultural needs of the constituents in his county. He had an idea to recruit and train ordinary people about gardening so they could become volunteers in his program to assist with providing horticultural education and gardening advice to the many who were seeking it. In doing this, he held an annual training, and the Master Gardener Program was born. The program has since grown to every state in the nation, with almost every county having an MGV Program.

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