For information on the fall 2017 class, email to be placed on a class interest list. Thank you for your interest!


with Julie Riley, horticulture agent

Feb. 9-April 6 — Tuesdays & Thursdays — noon-3 p.m.

Come join us this February for the Master Gardener course! We have an exciting agenda planned with lots of hands-on lessons, field trips and guest instructors. Class will be taught by Julie Riley, horticulture agent, who joins us from the Anchorage Extension office.

Learn how to get your garden growing this spring and well into the summer with abundant colorful blooms, hearty vegetables, thriving lawns and more. Learn gardening skills to share with others in our commumity. You will earn a Master Gardener certificate upon successful completion of class and an honorary badge after fulfilling your 40-hour volunteer commitment. Come grow with us!

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About the Course

DESCRIPTION: The Fairbanks Master Gardener course starts with an introduction to Alaska horticulture, covers the basics of botany and soils and then launches into three-hour sessions on each of the following primary gardening topics: food gardening (vegetables and fruit crops), greenhouse construction and heating, growing organically, annual and perennial flowers, selecting and planting trees and shrubs, lawns, plant disease, insect pests, principles of integrated pest management, invasive plants and weed control, and growing houseplants. For a peek at plans for each class, check out the agenda, or scroll down to Course Agenda. (Agenda subject to change.) The last class is an open-book exam.

PREREQUISITE: One year of Alaska gardening experience. If you do not meet the prerequisite but have a familiarity with Alaska gardening conditions, please contact the instructor at 907-474-2423.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENT: By registering for the Fairbanks Master Gardener course, you are committing yourself to 40 hours of volunteer service. More information on volunteer opportunities can be seen at here. If you have questions, contact the Cooperative Extension Service office at 907-474-1530 .

LOCATION: UAF Cooperative Extension Service Tanana District Classroom, 724 27th Ave., Suite 2 (Located in the southwest corner of Fairbanks Community Food Bank building.)
PARKING PERK: The parking lot directly outside the building is reserved for students of the FNSB Career Education Center. Because the Master Gardener class takes place during school hours, you are asked to park in our reserved lot at 27th Avenue and Rickert Street (just a quick hop across the street). See diagram of parking lot. If you need to plug in your vehicle during extreme temperatures, electricity is available at 20 degrees and colder and cycles at 30-minute intervals. No UAF parking decal, permit or quarters are required in our reserved lot! (Speaking of extreme temperatures — our cold weather cutoff is 30 below.)

Course Agenda

Take a look at our lineup of great topics, guest instructors and field trips!

Thurs., Feb. 9 — Introduction to the Master Gardener Program & Agriculture/Horticulture in Alaska, Julie Riley, horticulture agent, Cooperative Extension Service (CES), UAF School of Natural Resources & Extension (SNRE)

Tues., Feb. 14 — Welcome to the Master Gardener Program & Master Gardeners of the Tanana Valley, Emily Reiter, president; Botany Basics, Julie Riley

Thurs., Feb. 16 — Soil Basics, Steven Seefeldt, CES horticulture specialist and UAF Georgeson Botanical Garden director

Tues., Feb. 21 — Lawn Establishment & Maintenance, Stephen Brown, CES ag/hort agent, Palmer

Thurs., Feb. 23 — Growing Organically (quiz no. 1), Julie Riley

Tues., Feb. 28 — Food Production: Vegetables, Part 1, Julie Riley

Thurs., March 2 — Food Production: Vegetables, Part 2, Julie Riley

Tues., March 7 — Greenhouse Construction & Heating: High Tunnels, Art Nash, CES energy specialist

Thurs., March 9 — Field Trip: UAF Greenhouse, Meriam Karlsson, SNRE professor of horticulture; UAF Georgeson Botanical Garden Volunteer Opportunities, Steven Seefeldt

Tues., March 14 — Plant Disease (quiz no. 2), Julie Riley

Thurs., March 16 — Integrated Pest Management: Yard & Garden INSECTS, Darcy Etcheverry, CES agriculture & IPM program assistant

Tues., March 21 — Annual and Perennial Flowers, Julie Riley

Thurs., March 23 — Invasive Plants & Weed Control Strategies, Julie Riley and Phil Kaspari, CES agriculture agent, Delta Junction

Tues., March 28 — Fruit Crops & Edible Landscaping, Julie Riley

Thurs., March 30 — Selecting & Planting Trees and Shrubs, Julie Riley

Tues., April 4 — Growing Plants Indoors, Julie Riley; Master Gardeners of the Tanana Valley, Emily Reiter, president

Thurs., April 6 — Exam, open book (extended exam hours)

Download agenda for your class notes.

(Agenda subject to change.)

How to Register

REGISTRATION FEE: $300 with 40-hour volunteer commitment (Fee includes Alaska's Sustainable Gardening Handbook and other class supplies. Book available for pick up at first class.)
TWO-PART REGISTRATION: To register for the Master Gardener course, you will need to complete two steps: Registration/payment of fee AND completion of Master Gardener Volunteer Application. Please follow the instructions below:
  • Register and pay course fee: Use your credit card for easy, secure online registration. (If you need help with your onilne registration, please contact Anna-Mariah Kelly at 907-474-5042.)
  • Compete the online Master Gardener Volunteer Application. (This step is required  immediately following registration.)

(Should you wish to pay with check or cash, please visit our office during business hours for assistance with both online registration and the volunteer application. We are open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and closed from 1-2 p.m. daily. Sorry, we are unable to hold your spot in class until payment in full is received.)

TUITION WAIVER: A limited number of tuition waivers are available for those with financial need on a first-come basis. If you wish to be considered for a waiver, please complete the Tuition Waiver Request before registering and paying for the course. Also, be sure to complete the online Master Gardener Volunteer Application.  Once your request has been reviewed, you will be contacted to let you know if it was approved or if you need to submit the $300 registration payment.

REFUND POLICY:  Full refund if request is made at least one day prior to the start of the first class.

Class Interest List

UNABLE TO JOIN US AT THIS TIME? For those unable to attend class on these dates or during these hours, plans are underway for an evening class in the fall. To remain on the Class Interest List, or to be placed on it initially, email

Course Contacts

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact us:

  • Julie Riley, instructor, 907-474-2423 or
  • Ronda Boswell, administrative assistant, 907-474-1530 or
  • Anna-Mariah Kelly, professional development/online registration, 907-474-5042 or

How to Find Us

LOCATION: 724 27th Ave., Suites 2, Fairbanks

We are located within the Fairbanks Community Food Bank building and have a private entrance. To enter our office, please drive around to the back of the building (27th Avenue side) and look for our entrance on the corner of 27th Avenue and Rickert Street. Free parking is avaiable in our reserved lot just across the street.

  • Driving directions:  The easiest way to find us is to drive south on South Cushman Street, then take a right on 27th Avenue. Drive two blocks to the intersection of 27th Avenue and Rickert Street. Look to your right for our building and parking lot.
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  • Diagram of parking lot:parking lot

HOURS:  We are available to assist you Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We close daily for lunch from 1 to 2 p.m.

PHONE:  Still have questions? Please call us at 907-474-1530 — we are happy to help!

We hope you can join us for class and look forward to meeting you!

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