Welcome to the Louisiana Master Gardener website. The Louisiana Master Gardener Program is a volunteer development program offered by the LSU AgCenter. Master Gardener volunteers are highly trained and provide proven, research-based educational programs to Louisiana residents.
In 2019, Louisiana trained 325 new volunteers. Together, new and tenured volunteers provided 84,304 hours of volunteer service throughout the state. These hours equate to 40 full-time employees and an economic impact of just under $2.5 million dollars. Additionally, volunteers continued their education by completing over 20,000 continuing education units (CEUs) in 2019.
Since its inception in 1994, more than 3,500 individuals have participated in the program to become certified Louisiana Master Gardeners. Certified Louisiana Master Gardeners in good standing were given a unique opportunity to further their knowledge. The Advanced Louisiana Master Gardener Program debuted in 2015 and so far, 80 individuals have obtained this advanced status. The 2020-2021 Adv. Louisiana Master Gardener Program training series is set to begin later this spring.
At the heart of the Louisiana Master Gardener program is our volunteers. Volunteers assist Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service personnel extend the educational arm of the university to the public by providing horticultural information based on university research and recommendations.
In other words, the Louisiana Master Gardener program is a place for volunteers to have a fun, educational experience while serving the community in which they live.
Dr. Sara Shields