Horticulture & Master Gardener Programs in Hall County


Central Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are people who love plants, gardening, landscaping, and teaching others. To earn a title of Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, 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.

New Extension Master Gardener Volunteers - There is a fee of $225* for new Extension Master Gardeners Volunteers (EMGV). (*Partial financial assistance is available. Contact Elizabeth Exstrom for more information and the financial aid form.)

2024 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer brochure

2024 Central Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Volunteer application.

All new Extension Master Gardener Volunteers 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.

Zoom Classes
Evening Zoom classes will run 6:30-8:00 pm Tuesday evenings February 6- March 12, 2024.

In Person Classes
Experts will teach on a wide range of topics related to the EMGV curriculum. Dates and times are March 4, 6, 8, 11, & 13 2024 9:00 am-noon & 1:00-4:00 pm
*schedules are subject to change

For more information about the program e-mail Elizabeth Exstrom at eexstrom2@unl.edu.

Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Program

The Nebraska Master Gardener program extends the outreach of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) by providing volunteers with research-based horticulture education, which prepares them to share their knowledge with the citizens of the State.

Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Reporting website: must know your username and password when signing in.

Backyard Farmer

Backyard Farmer is dedicated to helping you find solutions to your lawn and garden questions. Every year from spring to fall, our panel of experts deals with topics from insect pests and disease, turf, and fruits and vegetables, as well as landscape design and general horticulture topics.

Backyard Farmer airs live Thursdays on NET1 at 7pm CDT from April through September and repeats on NET1 Saturdays at 10 AM CT & on NET World Sundays @ 3 PM CT & Mondays @ 4:30 PM CT.

Go to the BYF website

News Columns:
Can be viewed on the HuskerHort Blog.

Have horticulture questions? Want more information?

 Contact Elizabeth Exstrom at elizabeth.exstrom@unl.edu or   308-385-5088.  Follow Elizabeth's HuskerHort Blog or on Twitter @HuskerHort or Facebook HuskerHort

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