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 2018, Louisiana trained 301 new volunteers. Together, new and tenured volunteers provided 77,035 hours of volunteer service throughout the state. These hours equate to 37 full-time employees and an economic impact of just over $2 million dollars. Additionally, volunteers continued their education by completing under 17,000 continuing education units (CEUs) in 2018.
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, with 71 individuals obtaining advanced status at the 2016 LMG Conference held in Kenner, LA. The 2018-2019 Adv. Louisiana Master Gardener Program training series is currently underway, with individuals set to graduate in fall 2019.
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