The Idaho Master gardener program originated in 1976 as a volunteer program that trains individuals in the science and art of gardening. These trained volunteers than pass on the information that they have learned to advise and educate the public. Our local UI Extension Educator, Montessa Young, is responsible for the Master Gardener program in Adams, Washington and Payette counties. 
You may have seen the handiwork of the Master Gardener volunteers in the community. They have assisted with the Love INC. Community Garden, planting of the Vendome planters and planting the flowers at the Weiser Community Pond. Volunteers can also be found during the summer answering questions at the free plant clinic, teaching youth gardening through 4-H programs or volunteering at the Washington County Fair. 
To become a Master Gardener, it requires 30 hours of intensive training followed by 30 hours of community service where the training is used in the real world. The beginning Master Gardener trainings are only offered every other year in our area, with the location rotating between Weiser and Payette. This year the class will be offered on three Saturdays (January 27th, February 24th and March 24th) for the hands-on activities and then weekly webinars. Registration is open until January 12th and the first webinar is January 16th. Contact the Washington County Extension Office at (208) 414-0415 for more information.