Louisiana Master Gardener Program

Robert J. Souvestre  |  12/21/2011 2:48:19 AM

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Become a Louisiana Master Gardener volunteer! The Louisiana Master Gardener program is a service and educational activity offered by the LSU AgCenter. The program is designed to train volunteers to help meet the educational needs of home gardeners while providing an enjoyable and worthwhile service experience for volunteers.

Master Gardeners are part of the volunteer staff of the LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. They provide unbiased, research-based educational assistance and programs on consumer horticulture issues to the gardening public.

The mission of the Louisiana Master Gardener volunteer program is to support the LSU AgCenter’s Cooperative Extension Service by using research-based information to help educate the public on best management practices in consumer horticulture and environmental stewardship.

Master Gardener volunteers play an important role in reaching the consumer horticulture audience and learn quickly that being a Master Gardener volunteer is fun, interesting and rewarding.

The Louisiana Master Gardener program provides valuable training and educational opportunities. The program is open to all people regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion or national origin. Master Gardener programs are all-volunteer programs sanctioned by land-grant institutions in each state and function as an extension of the college or university. In Louisiana, the program is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and is directed by the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service.

Today, more than ever, home gardeners are becoming active Master Gardener volunteers and joining as partners with the LSU AgCenter to meet the growing interest in landscaping and gardening and the associated products and information. Many are teachers, business owners, college students, parents, retirees and professionals from all walks of life. As Master Gardener volunteers, they bring an excitement and energy to helping meet the educational needs of home gardeners in Louisiana.

Rene G. Schmit, State Master Gardener Coordinator, says sign up today and experience the satisfaction of becoming a Louisiana Master Gardener volunteer by contacting your parish LSU AgCenter Extension office or by visiting the Master Gardener Program website. There are 26 LMG Programs statewide.
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