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Shawnee County

Improving Our Community Through Horticulture

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Becoming an Extension Master Gardener

Shawnee County Extension Master Gardeners spend more than 10,000 hours every year disseminating research based information to Shawnee County residents. Our volunteers plan, plant and maintain eight demonstration gardens, give programs at the Topeka and Shawnee County Library, answer questions at local Farmer's Markets and on our Response Line  and host many community events. Extension Master Gardeners are teachers in our community!

The Shawnee County Extension Master Gardener program application process has closed for 2018. Please check back in July 2019.

Programming Requests

If you're interested in having a Shawnee County Extension Master Gardener give an educational presentation for your group, class or club, please download the below application. Completed applications should be sent to Bessie Tolbert (bessiet@ksu.edu) at least 8 weeks prior to your desired presentation date. Presentation topics vary according to volunteer availability. Potential topics include: compost, perennial flowers, indoor plants, lawn care, planning a garden, container gardening, shade gardening, herbs, rain barrels and more! 

Our philosophy is to help people help themselves by taking university knowledge to where people live, work, play, develop and lead.  We work at being responsive to the needs of the people by focusing our resources on providing quality information, education and problem-solving programs for real concerns.
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Bessie Tolbert

Master Gardener Coordinator
(785) 232-0062 ext 109

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Have questions?  The Response Line is staffed by trained Extension Master Gardeners who will assist you with your tree, lawn and garden questions.

Phone: 785-232-0062
ext. 105 or 106
Response Line Hours:
Open April through September
Monday through Friday
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.