The University of Nevada, Reno Extension Master Gardener Program is an educational and volunteer program designed to teach volunteers how to garden in our unique climates throughout Nevada. In return, volunteers give back to the program by volunteering their time to help the program reach more people and enrich the horticultural life of their community. Master Gardeners contribute volunteer hours every year through a variety of projects, including but not limited to: answering telephone and email inquiries, staffing booths at fairs and home shows, conducting educational presentations in the community and consulting at school and community gardens.
Master Gardener training is provided by the University of Nevada, Reno Extension statewide. The training program is an integrated, practical training course in plant science.
Individuals interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer must take the Home Horticulture Certificate course before being accepted into the Master Gardener training. Both courses are held online, annually in the fall. The trainings utilize videos, readings, discussion boards, quizzes, live Q and A sessions, and lab homework. Some counties require additional in-person activities during the training, as well as additional educational requirements.
The total cost of the Master Gardener training is $300*. The funds from the program include course materials and supports the UNR Extension horticulture program and staff. Additional reading materials will be suggested for participants to purchase on their own, but are not required.
* = $275 for the Home Horticulture Certificate Program and $25 for the Master Gardener training
2021 Master Gardener Statistics
In 2021, Master Gardeners continued to provide safe and quality horticulture education to Nevadans as COVID-19 restrictions were lifted. Master Gardeners began hosting in-person events and returning to their county help desks to continue serving their communities.
- Total of over 300 Certified Master Gardeners throughout Nevada
- 63 New Master Gardener Interns
- Total of 29,557 hours of volunteer time = value of $843,556.78
- 36,959 reached through direct horticulture education
- 2,112 horticulture questions answered
Master Gardeners in Your County!
If you have questions about gardening in Nevada or interested in learning more about your county's program, let us know! Here's our info. We hope you reach out.
Washoe County Master Gardeners
Clark County Master Gardeners
Douglas County Master Gardeners
Southern Nye County Master Gardeners
Phone: 775-727-5532 ext. 2
Lincoln County Master Gardeners