Level 1 Training
Anyone who is interested in learning more about nurturing plants and sharing that knowledge with others is a good candidate to become a Master Gardener. Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by UW-Extension specialists and agents in many aspects of horticulture.
In the Milwaukee and Waukesha County program, sessions are held once a week for 13 weeks from early September through mid-December. Participants perform at least 24 hours of approved volunteer service within their first year. Registration information is located at our Become a Master Gardener page.
Statewide, Level 1 training is a minimum of 36 hours of in-depth classroom training on a variety of horticulture topics including botany, soils, pest management, entomology, plant pathology, weeds, and much more. The training provides an introduction to horticultural concepts necessary to complete the volunteer service required for certification. It also introduces resources for acquiring additional information in order to answer questions.
Level 2 Training
Level 2 Training expands upon Level 1 training with more focused horticultural topics. Level 1 training is a prerequisite for all of these courses. SEWMG Level 2 Training courses are in-person and typically offered in early spring.
Previous SEWMG Level 2 Topics
- 2017 – Trees & Shrubs in Our Landscapes
- 2016 – Herbaceous Ornamentals
- 2015 – Gardening with Wildlife
Additionally, the state MG Program Office provides Level 2 training in a series of 5-10 session online programs on specific topics in the spring. Certified MGVs may take the training online from home. Past topics have included horticultural therapy, invasive species, urban forestry, community gardens, flowers, and landscape design.
Continuing education is provided through a wide variety of programs presented by UWEX horticulturists, as well as trips, speakers, and workshops sponsored by the SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardeners. 10 hours of continuing education and 24 hours of volunteer service are required each year to maintain Master Gardener certification.
See our Events page for more information on upcoming education sessions.
See our Training Materials page for handouts from previous training sessions.