University of Idaho Extension


Every year, 700-800 University of Idaho Master Gardeners contribute their educational services to their communities and hundreds of new Master Gardeners earn their certifications. Meet eight passionate Master Gardeners and Advanced Master Gardeners who have woven the program into their lives like a rich green thread.


jan aman, homedale

Master gardening opens doors:
She lives on 350 acres in southwestern Idaho, but Jan Aman, of Homedale, isn’t isolated anymore. Becoming an Advanced Master Gardener . . .read more >

Jan Aman photo gallery


bob and betty anderl, Idaho Falls

learning best by helping others:
Bob and Betty Anderl are self-described “lifelong learners.” When it came time to retire from their jobs . . .read more >

Bob and Betty Anderl photo gallery


penny barton, sandpoint

connecting with her community:
Near Sandpoint, Penny Barton calls earning her Master Gardener certification “one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done. When you’re . . . read more >

Penny Barton photo gallery


Sharon Buckle, Twin Falls

Becoming a sustainable landscape pro:
When former computer consultant Sharon Buckle’s job was outsourced, it was time to seize the day—and her dream of . . .read more >

Sharon Buckle photo gallery


Vivian chan, Boise

color her committed:
It’s been several decades since Vivian Chan started gardening on her one-acre, flood-irrigated landscape in southwestern Boise. Although she enjoys . . . read more >

Vivian Chan photo gallery


Robert Chehey, Boise

collecting plants, sharing knowledge:
Robert Chehey—an Ada County Advanced Master Gardener—describes himself as a “plant collector” (as opposed to a “garden designer”). “If somebody tells me . . .read more >

Robert Chehey photo gallery


Roger Solaas, Salmon

sowing seeds, harvesting thanks:
When Roger Solaas’ friends and neighbors need spring bedding plants, they know whom to ask. From inside the greenhouse . . read more >

Roger Solaas photo gallery


polly taylor dennler, Juliaetta

helping her rural community blossom:
When University of Idaho alumna Polly Taylor Dennler [M.Ed., Special Education, 1991] was earning an off-campus certificate in . . . read more >

Polly Taylor Dennler photo gallery