Who We Are


Photograph by Master Gardener Alison Dishinger.

Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners are people who love to garden, learn about gardening and share what they learn with others. We are a community of gardeners who share a curiosity for learning, a passion for conservation, and a sense of obligation to enrich our community through outreach, education, and beautification.

We are volunteers trained in all aspects of horticulture. Our mission is to provide research-based gardening information to help Douglas County residents. If you like people and plants and are willing to learn and then share your knowledge with others, you can become a Master Gardener. Trainees receive education on a variety of topics, such as basic botany, soils, fertility, turf grass, landscape management, ornamental trees and shrubs, herbaceous plants, vegetable gardening, indoor gardening, pest management, and plant pathology.

We are involved in a wide range of activities as you can see from the following list of our committees and working groups. Master Gardeners can choose to participate in any and all of the following:

  • Our Gardens
    • Baldwin Demonstration Garden
    • Eudora Demonstration Garden
    • Fairgrounds Demonstration Garden
    • Hoop House Garden
    • Monarch Watch Demonstration Garden
    • Native Medicinal Demonstration Garden
  • Advanced Education Program
  • Farmers Market
  • Garden Art
  • Garden Tour
  • Here and There Tables in support of various community activities and events
  • Horticultural Hotline
  • Hospitality
  • Jr. Master Gardeners
  • Library/Master Gardener Resources
  • New Class Mentoring and Training Support
  • Newsletter
  • Native plant sale
  • Produce distribution to Just Food
  • Public Education
    • Library Program
    • Speakers Bureau
  • Public Relations
    • Traditional Media
    • Social Media

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