Master Gardener Training

Master Gardeners are people who love plants, gardening, landscaping, and teaching others. To earn a title of Extension Master Gardener, individuals enroll in the program and receive 40 hours of training from University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty, then volunteer 40 hours of gardening and horticulture related work. There is a training fee which covers the training resources. No qualifications or prior knowledge about horticulture is needed for the class.  The only requirement is a desire to share a love of gardening, learning, and a commitment to teach others about horticulture.

2023 Extension Master Gardener Classes will begin soon. The fee for all new Extension Master Gardeners across the state is $225. The Central Nebraska Master Gardener program does have some financial assistance available to help offset some of those costs for new Master Gardeners. New Extension Master Gardeners are also encouraged to complete the financial assitance form in addition to the application.

Extension Master Gardener Education Options
All new Extension Master Gardeners will receive access to an online book format called TopHat. Imbedded in the book are videos, quizzes, and much more that can be completed and reviewed at your own pace. *Returning EMGs can have access to this format for $35.
Zoom Classes
Evening Zoom classes will run 6:30-8:00 pm Tuesday evenings February 7th- March 7th.
In Person Classes
Experts will teach on a wide range of topics related to the EMG curriculum. Dates and times are March 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, & 31st 2023, 9 am-noon & 1:00-4:00 pm.  All in-person classes will be taught at the Hall County Extension Office Meeting room.
*schedules are subject to change

For more information about the program e-mail Elizabeth Exstrom at

2023 Central Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Program Brochure (PDF)
2023 Central Nebraska EMG Program Application (fillable PDF)
2023 Central Nebraska EMG Financial Assistance (fillable PDF)
NTV News clip on Master Gardener Program: