Master Gardener Program - MSU Extension

The Master Gardener Program was developed in 1972 and is in almost all 50 states, District of Columbia, and Canadian provinces. It's purpose is to train interested individuals to help the Cooperative Extension Service in the area of horticulture. A large network of MSU Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences supports the Master Gardeners in the areas of horticulture, agronomy, entomology, pesticides and plant pathology. Extension staff initiate, plan, and carry out the programs in partnerships with volunteers who relate to Extension as individual volunteers.

The Montana Master Gardener program consists of a minimum of 15 hour classroom instruction. It includes botany, soils, fertilizers, turfgrass, woody plants, water, trees, shrubs, bedding plants, plant pathology, entomology, pesticides, and composting. After completing the program, people are asked to volunteer a predetermined number of hours on a wide variety of activities. Followup training sessions, seminars, workshops and tours, are offered regularly to Master Gardeners.

Master Gardeners may:

  • Assist County Extension Office Staff
  • Answer gardening questions
  • Conduct school gardening programs
  • Coordinate Master Gardener programs
  • Create and Maintain demonstration gardens
  • Present lectures tours or demonstrations
  • Produce a newsletter
  • Work on special events

and much more!!!!!!

To enroll in the Master Gardener Level 1 class, contact the Custer County Extension office, 874-3370. If you would like to learn more about the Master Gardener Program for Montana log onto and follow the link to Master Gardener. for more information on a county level

Times, dates and locations of the Extension Master Gardener series are determined by the county Extension agents that participate in the program in their individual service area. To find out more about the Extension Master Gardener program, contact your local Extension office at or visit the Extension Master Gardener website at

If you have any questions about the Master Gardener program, contact the Master Gardener Coordinator, Toby Day, MSU Extension Horticulture Specialist at or call 994-6523.

Toby Day (406) 994-6523 or