Master Gardener course

Students learn the art and science of apple grafting.

Students learn the art and science of apple grafting.

Each winter in Fairbanks, the UAF Cooperative Extension Service conducts a Master Gardener course. The training provides a broad horticultural background and includes:

  • Botany
  • Flowers
  • Greenhouses
  • Houseplants
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Invasive plants
  • Houseplants
  • Lawns
  • Trees and shrubs
  • Vegetable production using organic and conventional techniques
  • Integrated Pest Management

The course includes 40 hours of classroom time and 40 hours of volunteer service. Visit the CES Master Gardener page to learn more.


We hold regular meetings on the first Tuesday of each month (except in January, June, July and August) in the conference room/kitchen at the Fairbanks Food Bank, 725 26th Avenue (see map below). In June, July and August, we arrange garden tours (see below). Schedule:

  • 6:00–6:30 pm: Snacks and social
  • 6:30–8:00 pm: Program and meeting. Meetings are cancelled if the temperature is -30F or colder by 3:00 pm on the meeting day.

Please bring canned food as a donation to the Food Bank to thank them for use of their space free of charge.

Upcoming meetings for the 2017-18 year

Tuesday Sept 6 – No Meeting

Tuesday Oct 4 – Virginia Damron, on using dried herbs – spice blends and rubs

Tuesday Nov 7 – Daniel Fowler, Winter Gardening with Microgreens: From seed to table in 7-10 days.

Tuesday Dec 5 – Annual Holiday party, potluck and games!

January – NO MEETING

Tuesday Feb 6 – Cyndie Tack, Lost Opportunities, Missed Opportunities, and New Opportunities in the horticulture world

Tuesday Mar 6 – Julie Riley, Growing Giant Vegetables

Tuesday April 3 – Terry Reichardt, Growing Squash and Cucumbers

Tuesday May 1 – Let’s Talk Tomatoes!




We arrange garden tours to be held during June, July and August. Any member may nominate a garden—either your own or another’s—to be on the tour. Only members and their guests may take the tours.

The tour organizer will email details to members and post information on our Facebook page.

Gardens are expected to be a work in progress. They do not need to be perfect, weed-free or even finished. We are looking for variety in gardens and techniques. Here are some examples of tour topics:

Colorful blooms blanket a hillside on a wildflower tour.

Colorful blooms blanket a hillside on a wildflower tour.

  • Greenhouses, row covers, high tunnels
  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs)
  • Large scale gardens (farms)
  • Fruit trees, berry bushes, canes
  • Orchards
  • Rock gardens
  • Water features
  • Vegetable gardens
  • Herb gardens
  • Flower gardens (perennial or annual or a mix of either)
  • Composting, mulching or fertilizing projects
  • Worm farms
  • Gardening innovations
  • Plant protection (from moose fences to vole barriers)
  • Organic solutions
  • Lawns and groundcovers
  • Weed control projects
  • Trees or bushes
  • Pruning of trees or bushes
  • Bulbs, corms, tubers
  • Root cellars
  • Seed saving/germination projects
  • Anything else that might be of interest to a gardener (creative design, outdoor rooms, arbors)

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