Anchorage Master Gardener Program

What's it all about?

Master Gardeners are volunteers for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. To become a Master Gardener, you must complete 40 hours of horticultural training and in return, volunteer 40 hours of time. The prerequisites for becoming a Master Gardener include a familiarity with Alaska gardening conditions and a commitment to return 40 hours of volunteer service.

The Fall 2015 class has concluded. The next class will be held Oct 12 - Dec 9, 2016 Wednesdays & Fridays, 12 noon - 3 p.m. An application will be available sometime in August. Registration will be open beginning October 1. There are a limited number of tuition waivers available. If you are interested in attending click here to get on the Fall 2016 Master Gardener interest list.

MG Volunteer Service

Master Gardeners provide gardening information to others. Once you have completed the course, the Anchorage Cooperative Extension Service agent will help provide direction for your volunteer work. Examples of volunteer activities include the following:

  • Teaching garden classes
  • Working with groups, such as 4-H, horticulture therapy groups and community gardeners
  • Staffing garden clinics and displays
  • Using your special talents, such as writing and photography to benefit others
  • Answering phone inquiries on horticultural topics
  • Providing expertise for Alaska Botanical Garden's educational activities
  • Giving elementary school presentations

Alaska Master Gardener Association, Anchorage

Master Gardeners in Anchorage have formed their own association, the Alaska Master Gardener Association, Anchorage. AMGAA hosts monthly educational programs and summer field trips. The group sponsors their own monthly newsletter, website, volunteer projects and an annual spring conference. Member dues are $20. For useful gardening tips and a calendar of events, check out their website

Advanced Master Gardener Program, Anchorage

In Anchorage, Master Gardeners who have completed their 40 hours of volunteer time can become Advanced Master Gardeners. Advanced Master Gardeners receive core course training and must complete 15 hours of CEU (continuing education units) A full description of the program can be found on the Alaska Master Gardeners website.

Primulina 'Betty' was propagated from leaf cuttings in the Advanced Master Gardener course

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