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Extension Master Gardener Program 

The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program trains volunteers to educate and inform people in their communities about horticulture. More information about the program is available at the Extension Master Gardener website.

The Master Gardener Program in St. Louis County is open to all adult St. Louis County residents. Positions in the program are available on a limited basis. We maintain a list of residents that are interested in becoming a Master Gardener. When we open up the application process we will notify all those on the list. If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener, please contact the Extension office at 218-733-2870.

Upon acceptance into the program, you must then complete the HORT 1003 Master Gardener Core Course/Horticulture for the Home Garden course through the University of Minnesota. The course is available online in late winter/early spring.

Horticulture Programs

Our horticulture offerings include spring workshops on gardening and landscape materials, commercial workshops on greenhouse production, small fruit production, vegetable production and nursery production, applied research on vegetable and small fruit varieties, and family education projects on home gardening as a means of improving diets.

Tune in to KDAL 610 radio on Tuesday mornings from 8:00 to 9:00 am to hear Bob Olen of Extension talk about what you need to know to make your garden successful. Listeners are encouraged to call in with their questions.

To see a list of available gardening publications, please go to our Books and Publications page.

Gardening and Horticulture Mailing List

If so, please fill out and submit the form below. You will be notified of upcoming St. Louis County Extension gardening and horticulture programs and events. Please note that your information is kept within Extension and will not be shared with any other agency or business.

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Garden Classes and Events Soil Testing Master Gardeners Variety Lists

Many garden problems can be solved by testing your soil to learn what nutrients are missing. Testing is done by the University of Minnesota Soil Testing Laboratory to evaluate soil fertility and pH level. You can visit their website to print out the form you will need to send in your soil sample. The website also has instructions on how to take your sample. If you are not able to access the Soil Testing Laboratory website, the Extension Office in Duluth (733-2870) or Virginia (749-7120) will be happy to provide you with the needed form.

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