Advanced Master Gardener Program
About the Program

Welcome to the Advanced Master Gardener (AMG) Page. Here you will find information about how to become an AMG, and how to keep track of your Volunteer Service Hours (VSH) and Continuing Education Units (CEU). If you're not sure if what you want to do for your VSH or CEU hours will meet the requirement, there is a form for that too! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Education Committee Chair, or Gina Dionne.

• Gina Dionne, CES Program Assistant - Email

Other Information

Mastering Garden Design
spring 2021 Advanced Master Gardener Class

Location: Online via Zoom
When: Wednesdays, beginning March 3 and ending April 7 (six weeks), 6-8 pm

You must attend all 12 hours of class (and then complete 15 hours of volunteer work) to earn an Advanced Master Gardener Certificate.

Join international award-winning garden designer, educator, and Alaska Master Gardener Brenda Adams for an information-packed Advanced Master Gardener class created especially for Alaska Master Gardeners. From crystalizing what you want out of your garden and understanding the details of your site, to realizing your dream garden, this class will take you through each step along the road to success. With twelve hours of content plus three hours of bonus discussion, you will delve deeply into the important aspects of garden design with the goal of giving you the knowledge and confidence to make your garden beautiful, thriving and sustainable. 

Topics will include:

• Envisioning garden flow
• Designing in layers
• Using light to influence how colors appear
• Developing your personal garden style
• The role of paths and structures
• Scale and proportion
• Evaluating plants from a design perspective and determining their utility, suitability and potential for success
• Designing for special situations like pollinator habitat and lower maintenance
• Pulling all the elements together, planning for the future, and on-going maintenance considerations

About the Instructor

Having designed over 200 client gardens from Homer to Anchorage, Brenda Adams has helped a myriad of people create their little pieces of heaven in a broad range of conditions. Her acclaimed books, There’s a Moose in My Garden: Designing Gardens in Alaska and the Far North and award-winning Cool Plants for Cold Climates: A Garden Designer’s Perspective, have provided thousands of gardeners with the tools to achieve success in their own gardens. These books are recommended, but not required, reading for the class. A sought-after speaker, Brenda has twice been invited to speak at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle, the Alaska state Master Gardeners’ annual conference, the Alaska Botanical Garden Spring Conferences and many garden clubs throughout Alaska and Outside.

Brenda’s books are available on her website at, at several local Alaska bookstores, and on Amazon.


Contact Gina Dionne, Program Assistant at the Cooperative Extension Service, Anchorage Outreach Center

Course Fee:

$50 for AMGA members
$70 for non-members

Sign Up Here!


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