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Statewide
Master Gardener Coordinator

Jayme T. Grzebik
University of Hawai'i CES
Urban Garden Center

955 Kamehameha Hwy

Pearl City, HI 96782

Phone: (808) 453-6059
Fax: (808) 453-6052

GrzebikJ@ctahr.hawaii.edu

 

Jody Smith

UHMG Website Manager

smithjos@hawaii.edu

 

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Kaua'i Master Gardners

Master Gardeners on Kaua'i learn through trips to local nurseries.

Oahu Master Gardeners

Oahu MGs offer public events at the Pearl City Garden Center.

Maui County Master Gardeners

Maui MGs support an extensive school gardening program.

East Hawaii Master Gardeners

Based in Hilo, East Hawaii MGs show how to grow veggies.

West Hawaii Master Gardeners

On the Kona side, West Hawaii MGs answer questions.

ALERT: Little Fire Ant
LFA have been moved to Oʻahu and Maui!  

Check all new plants and materials for:

  • Slow-moving, tiny red-orange ants
  • Sharp sting if caught between clothes and skin

Call 643-PEST if you think you may have LFA!


Save the Date
2014 Statewide UH Master Gardener Conference

  • October 24-26, 2014 on the island of Maui!
  • Maui Master Gardeners are planning an event to grow by! Starting on Friday with a welcome social @ 5pm-8pm; Saturday Maui Tours followed by an Awards Dinner with Keynote Speaker; Sunday Advanced Training, 8am-12:30 pm!
  • Check back here for more details as they are announced!

The Mission of the University of Hawaii Master Gardener Program is to provide the public with unbiased, research based information and sustainable management practices in tropical horticulture suitable for home gardens, local landscapes, urban environments and the community. The Master Gardener program is an educational outreach program administered by the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service.

The University of Hawaii Master Gardener (UH MG) program is part of the Master Gardener Program found throughout the United States and Canada. First initiated in the State of Washington in 1972, the Master Gardener Program is a public service program that provides training to volunteers under the leadership of land-grant universities. To date over 94,865* people have become Master Gardeners Nationwide since the inception of the program. The Master Gardener program is a certification program which is recognized nationwide.

The University of Hawaii Master Gardeners are dedicated volunteers trained in horticultural education and sustainable practices by University Educators, Specialists and Researchers. In Hawaii the Master Gardener Program began in 1982. Master Gardeners expand and facilitate horticultural educational outreach efforts of the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service to the general public and community groups and promote environmentally sustainable practices throughout Hawaii.  

Master Gardener Program Objectives:

  • Expand the educational outreach efforts of the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service to distribute research-based horticultural information to the gardening public.

  • Develop and enhance educational  programs related to consumer horticulture such as urban gardening, community gardening, youth gardening projects, or  any other programs determined by local need.

  • Develop a volunteer network designed to assist Extension staff in managing local Master Gardener volunteer activities and programs.

What is a Master Gardener?

Master Gardeners are adults (18 years and over), who love gardening, want to learn and to share their knowledge with others through volunteer educational services. Master Gardener volunteers are an important Extension resource for expanded outreach into the community. The trained Master Gardener volunteers help Extension to meet the overwhelming demand for research based horticultural and gardening information to the public.

The Master Gardener Training

Master Gardeners receive about 42 hours of classroom training in topics such as: Botany, soil fertility, pruning, vegetables, organic gardening techniques, trees & shrubs, ornamentals, landscape design, insects, diseases, fruits and more. Volunteer requirement is a minimum of 40 hours per year and is determined by the Coordinator for each program. Master Gardener volunteers activities include: staffing booths at County Fairs, host plant clinics and plant sales, conduct workshops, develop and maintain community and educational gardens, write advice columns at local newspapers and operate help lines at County Extension offices  answering gardening, questions, school gardening and community gardens.