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 forty hours of volunteer service.
The Master Gardener class for 2014 will be held Oct. 22 through Dec. 12, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 3 p.m.
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 www.alaskamastergardeners.org/.
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 20 hours of CEU (continuing education units) and 10 hours of volunteer service. The Anchorage Master Gardener Education Committee manages the Advanced MG program. A full description of the program can be found on the Alaska Master Gardeners website.