Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners are volunteers trained in all aspects of horticulture. Our mission is to provide research-based gardening information to help Douglas County residents. Approximately 200 Master Gardeners donate about 10,000 hours of volunteer time each year. The Extension Master Gardener volunteer program is open to any Douglas County resident (or resident of a neighboring county that is willing to volunteer in Douglas County) who has some interest in any area of home horticulture, who is interested in acquiring new skills, and who has the time and desire to donate volunteer hours to Extension gardening programs.
Provide answers to your gardening questions by staffing the Master Gardener M-F April through October. Disseminate gardening information at the Lawrence Farmers Market every Saturday during the market season. Volunteers also pick up excess produce from market vendors and deliver it to Just Food, the Douglas County food bank. Maintain four Demonstration Gardens in Douglas County to provide the public with gardening inspiration and information about what grows best in our area. Locations: Douglas County Extension office, Monarch Watch Garden on KUǃ West Campus, KUǃ Medicinal Garden near the airport, and Tom Swan Park in Baldwin. Provide gardening information at public events, like the Kaw Valley Seed Fair and the Lawrence Home Show. Organize annual events held on a rotating basis: Spring Fair in early April (even number years) ǃinformative event about gardening and lawn issues, includes garden art and family activities. Garden Tour in early June (odd numbered years) ǃprovides an opportunity for you to view some of the most beautiful gardens in our county and take home inspiration for your own garden. Coordinate the Junior Master Gardener Program at several local schools and lead childrenǃ garden programs at the Lawrence Public Library. Provide a speakerǃ bureau of garden experts for your classroom, garden club, or organization.
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