Master Gardener Association
Becoming a Master Gardener
The Master Gardener (MG) program is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping the community with horticulture issues, through the Cooperative Extension Service. The MG Training Course is designed to provide education and technical training to persons interested in learning about plants and how they grow. In addition, MG trainees have an interest in joining the volunteer group--the Cleveland County MG Association. Requirements include completing the Master Gardener classes, which consist of approximately 56 hours of training from OSU State and County Horticulture Specialists.
After completing the Master Gardener classes, you must complete 60 hours of service to become certified. Service hours are supervised by the Cleveland County OSU Extension Service office and include 48 hours at the Master Gardener desk and 12 hours working in the Demonstration and Teaching Garden. Each spring the trainees begin work in the extension office answering general lawn and garden questions for the public. This training is a wonderful way to learn and share knowledge with the community. A new class begins in the Fall of each year.
Cleveland County Master Gardeners
The Cleveland County Master Gardener Association (CCMGA) is a volunteer organization under the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. The CCMGA is comprised of over 100 individuals who have completed the Master Gardener training classes and become certified. To continue being and active Master Gardener one must pay yearly dues and complete 20 Community Service hours and 20 Continuing Education hours per year. Dues are $20.00 per person. Association membership includes a monthly subscription to the CCMGA Newsletter plus monthly meetings, field trips, various activities and events throughout the year. Monthly CCMGA meetings include educational speakers and business portion. Meetings are held the second Friday of every month at 9:30 am (except September and November) at the Cleveland County Extension Office North Classroom. Meetings are free and open to the public.