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Sign up four our Fall 2020 LSU AgCenter Master Gardener Certification Course!

To Register:

  1. Purchase a ticket through Eventbrite or stop by our office or mail in your registration form and check to:

    LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens
    ATTN: Caitlynn Aguillard
    4560 Essen Lane
    Baton Rouge, LA 70809

    The cost of the training is $150 and includes a required resource book and course materials. 
  2. Complete the registration form and return to Applications are due by September 25, 2020.

For more information email Caitlynn Aguillard at or call 225-763-3990. 

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?

This year's training will be online as well as in person with limited seating and a few hands-on workshops and tours. Recordings of the classes will also be made available via Microsoft Stream for attendants unable to attend the live stream.  

The labs will be available in person on October 17th, and October 31st. Subject to change due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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 and Time Master Gardener Classes  Instructor 
October 6,2020 | 10 AM - 1 PM Orientation Dr. Sara Rogers Shields 
October 8, 2020 | 10 AM - 1 PM Botany Lee Rouse 
October 13, 2020 | 10 AM -  1 PM Propagation Lee Rouse 
October 15, 2020 | 10 AM - 1 PM Soils  William Afton 
October 20, 2020 | 10 AM - 1 PM Vegetables Andre Brock 
October 22, 2020 | 10 AM - 1 PM Fruit and Nuts  Dr. Michael Polazola 
October 27, 2020 |10 AM - 1 PM Lawn Establishment and Maintenance  William Afton 
October 29, 2020 | 10 AM - 1 PM Plant Identification  Dr. Jeff Kuehny
November 3, 2020 | 10 AM - 1 PM  Natives  Lee Rouse 
November 5, 2020 | 10 AM - 1 PM Pathology  Dr. Mary Helen Ferguson 
November 10, 2020 | 10 AM - 1 PM Weed Control  Dr. Ron Strahan
November 12, 2020 | 10 AM - 1 PM Entomology  Mariah Simonaux
November 17, 2020 | 10 AM - 1 PM Pesticide Safety  Kim Brown 
November 17, 2020 | 10 AM - 1 PM State Horticulture Regulations  Dr. Jeff Kuehny 
November 19, 2020 | 10 AM - 1 PM Graduation  Dr. Jeff Kuehny 


Date and Time Lab  Instructor 
October 31,, 2020 | 9 AM - 12 PM Plant Materials  William Afton & Lee Rouse
November 14, 2020 | 9 AM - 12 PM  Disease, Insects and Weed Control  Jessie Hoover