The Davis County Master Gardener program is unique in several ways. The program includes 3 years of training and volunteer service. The first year's training, taught each year, covers general gardening principles, while the two advance classes, offered in alternate years, focus on fruit and vegetables and ornamentals and landscape design. The program is also unique in that it is based at the Utah State University Botanical Gardens. In addition to working with horticulture extension programs, Master Gardeners can get hands-on experience working in the gardens. Many specialize and become local resident experts in particular gardening areas.
Debbie Amundsen, Dan Drost and William Varga
Shawn Olsen, Debbie Amundsen, Bill Varga, Donna Minch and Dave Anderson
University students have been involved with the Utah Botanical Gardens (UBG) since their inception in 1954 as part of the Utah State University (USU) Utah Agricultural Experiment Station (UAES). Students and professors travel from USU to visit UBG, conduct class tours, and participate in research projects. Students also work at UBG as summer interns, and in 1986, USU began offering off-campus horticulture classes for credit at UBG. Today, 20 different classes are taught at UBG or nearby sites. These classes are part of the USU Applied Ornamental Horticulture degree program and can also be used to qualify as a Certified Nursery Professional by the Utah Nursery and Landscape Association.