Horticulture & Master Gardener Programs in Hall County


Central Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Program

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
*schedules are subject to change

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

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)

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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