The Ramsey County Master Gardener Volunteers connect University resources with the environmental needs and initiatives of Ramsey County. To do so we:
- Teach the public environmentally-sound landscaping practices
- Serve underserved audiences
- Teach youth to enjoy the benefits of gardening and enhance our environment
- Build public awareness of the Ramsey County Master Gardener Program and the services we offer
Our gardener volunteers use the latest research to
- Protect and enhance the environment
- Strengthen citizens and families by promoting the therapeutic benefits of gardening.
- Strengthen community pride by engaging in neighborhood vegetable, fruit, and native plant gardens. Watch a video on Community Gardens: Make it Bloom.
- Promote good nutrition by teaching residents to grow fruits and vegetables.
One unique quality of the Master Gardener Program in Ramsey County is that we have a 501c3 Board of Directors that operates as an independent, non-profit organization. Formed in 1995 in response to changes in the University to the Master Gardener program statewide, this status allows us to fundraise for our educational programs and to provide support for schools and youth programs interested in environmental impact, vegetable gardening and other horticultural education.
We are fortunate to be supported by Ramsey County Environmental Health and the University of Minnesota Extension along with our Board of Directors. All three entities work in collaboration to deliver a sustainable, educational and charitable organization to serve Ramsey County residents. Read our Annual Report
Take a look at our Photo Galleries
Watch a video about The Ramsey County Master Gardener Horticultural Therapy Project, "My Little Green Friends":