The Master Gardener Program has been in existence in Arkansas since 1988. Counties are looking for retention tools for their programs to keep members interested. As members remain in the program, many are interested in obtaining more in depth knowledge about specific topics, and in obtaining an advanced level of certification.
Arkansas Advanced Master Gardener Program
Counties are looking for retention tools for their programs to keep members interested. As members remain in the program, many are interested in obtaining more in-depth knowledge about specific topics and in obtaining an advanced level of certification. To provide such opportunities, the Advanced Master Gardener Training Program was developed. To be eligible to attend an Advanced Master Gardener Class, you must be an active MG, in good standing in your county program and be a Master Gardener for three years or more (calendar year used). More and more Master Gardeners are eligible for the program each year and are asking for advanced courses.
Upcoming Advanced MG Class
Greene County will host an advanced training, Masters for Monarchs, on October 21, with Lori Spencer, author of Arkansas Butterflies and Moths, leading off this event. This will be the county’s first such training, and we are enthusiastically waiting for the registration information which will be sent out soon.
Masters for Monarchs Advanced MG Class
Hosted by Greene County
October 21, 2016
Specific class information will be on the MG ONLY portion of our website.
Advanced MG Class Registration Information will be posted when it becomes available.
Caption: Master Gardener volunteers learning to assemble their own rain barrel at an Advanced Master Gardener Rain Barrel Class
Master Gardeners have the opportunity to reach four levels in the Advanced Master Gardener Program:
Level 1 - Complete 5 advanced training classes.
Level 2 - Complete an additional 8 advanced classes (for a total of 13 completed advanced classes).
Level 3 – Complete an additional 10 classes after completing Level 2 (for a total of 23 completed advanced classes), plus write an article for a county newsletter, the Garden Voice Newsletter, or other publication OR give a presentation at a regular Master Gardener Meeting or public workshop. The presentation or written article can be done at any time between completion of levels 2 and 3. The presentation or article is to be verified by the county agent and sent to the Advanced Master Gardener Coordinator or record keeper.
Level 4 - Criteria for Level 4 Advanced Master Gardener will be: Completion of 10 additional Advanced Master Gardener classes after completing Level 3 (for a total of 33 completed advanced classes), plus submission of a fact sheet or power point presentation with at least 30 slides and a script. The format for the fact sheet will be available at the state extension office. The submissions for attainment of Level 4 will be subject to the peer review process.
Below is a compiled list of popular topics for future Advanced Master Gardener Classes. This list is from participants of previous advanced class evaluations and is a suggestion of topics for counties that would like to host a class.Topic List for Classes