Master Gardeners “help people grow” through service.  We grow as Master Gardeners through service, for we are each journeyman gardeners learning more each season.  We also teach others through our service.  We believe that through service we empower ourselves and others to strive towards a verdant, vibrant community.  Our volunteers lend their energies to help achieve mission goals of valued partners across Northwest Michigan. Explore our partner’s websites to find out how you can better make their missions a part of your own.

Some Master Gardener projects are open to the public.  Others are advertised only through our private Master Gardener record keeping system.  The best way to engage in service is by taking the training course to become a Master Gardener.  You can also contact the friend organizations at which we serve to volunteer directly for them.  Happy learning!


Steward Nourish Beautify


Master Gardeners work with the organizations below to steward our beautiful northwest Michigan.

  • Grand Traverse Conservation District / Boardman River Nature Center (website)
  • Leelanau Conservancy Wildflower Rescue (website)
  • Plant it Wild (website)
  • Cherry Knoll Elementary (website)
  • Leelanau County Government Center (website)
  • TART Trails (website)

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Master Gardeners work with the organizations below to grow and harvest a bounty that nourishes our community.

  • Michigan Land Use Institute (website)
  • Leelanau Community Garden (website)
  • Traverse Heights Elementary School Garden — farm to school (website)
  • Central Grade School Garden — farm to school (website)
  • Platte River Elementary School  — farm to school (website)
  • Northport Public School — farm to school (website)
  • Leelanau Children’s Center  — farm to school (website)
  • Benodjenh Headstart Center (website)
  • Community Garden at Grow Benzie (website)
  • Leland Public School — farm to school (website)
  • Suttons Bay Public School — farm to school (website)
  • Our Neighbor’s Garden (Community Garden) (website)
  • West Side Church Community Garden (website)
  • Food Corps (website)
  • Food Gardens North (blog website)
  • Seeds (website)

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Master Gardeners work with the organizations below to make northwest Michigan blossom in spectacular beauty.

  • Botanical Garden Society of Northwest Michigan (website)
  • Bay Bluff’s Nursing Home (website)
  • Grand Traverse Pavilions (website)
  • Mission Peninsula Library (website)
  • Noah’s Ark Daycare (website)
  • Traverse Area District Library Learning Gardens (website)
  • Northport Township Library (website)

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