Thank you for your interest in the Jackson County Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener™ program. Classes are offered each year starting in January and run for 14 weeks.
The first phase of the program consists of classroom training in botany, soil science, insect and disease identification and control, care and culture of ornamental plants, lawns, home orchards, vegetables and diagnosis of plant problems. Classes are held one day per week, on Wednesdays, from 9am to 4pm, at the OSU Extension Auditorium at 569 Hanley Rd, Central Point. In addition, students will participate in a 3-hour weekly Practicum on a day of their choice.
The second phase of the program consists of 70 educational service volunteer hours. Of the required volunteer hours, at least 20 hours must be in the Master Gardener Plant Clinic that operates in the Jackson County Extension Office, at the Growers Markets in Ashland and Medford and at selected other activities. Other required hours include 21 hours in the demonstration gardens, and at least 14 will be completed from the built-in Practicum sessions. You can choose from several other options for the remaining 15 hours.