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Sign up four our Fall 2021 LSU AgCenter Master Gardener Certification Course!

If you love gardening and sharing your knowledge with others, this is the course for you! 

The Extension Master Gardener Certification Course is a mandatory 40-hour training to become a LSU AgCenter Certified Extension Master Gardener Volunteer.

Under the guidance and direction of Extension agents, volunteers must complete a 40-hour training program, pass an exam and complete a 40-hour volunteer internship in order to become a Master Gardener Volunteer. 

To remain active in the program, volunteers must log a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer time and a minimum of 6 hours of continuing education each year. 

Is the LSU AgCenter Master Gardener Certification for me? To help you decide if you should apply to become an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I want to learn more about growing many types of plants?
  • Am I eager to participate in a practical and intense training program?
  • Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community?
  • Do I have enough time to attend training sessions and serve as a volunteer?

The cost of the training is $180 and includes a required resource book and course materials. 

Deadline to apply is August 20, 2021. All applications must be postmarked by this date. Space is limited to 50 participants.

For more information email Mary Coco at
mcoco@agcenter.lsu.edu or call 225-831-2350. 

To Register:

Submit your completed registration form and a check via mail to:

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
ATTN: Mary Coco
4560 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809


Submit your completed registration form via email to mcoco@agcenter.lsu.edu and call 225-831-2350 to complete your payment with a credit card.

Topics covered:

Botany, soils, vegetables, fruits, nuts, state horticulture regulations, plant identification, propagation of new plants, pathology, entomology, lawn establishment and maintenance, weed science, pesticide safety, and native plants.

Master gardener watering plant.


Plants at the plant sale.


Date  TIme
September 8, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon
September 14, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon
September 16, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon
September 21, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon
September 22, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon
September 23, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon
September 28, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon
September 30, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon
October 5, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon
October 7, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon
October 12, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon
October 14, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon
October 19, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon
October 21, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon
October 26, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon
October 28, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon
November 2, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon
November 4, 2021 9 a.m.-Noon