How To Become a Master Gardener

How Do I become a Master Gardener?

Anyone with an interest in horticulture can apply for the Extension Master Gardener Program if it is active in your county. If you want to improve your skills and knowledge and you like to work with people, the Extension Master Gardener Program may be for you.


  • You need to be available for about 40 to 50 hours of training your first year. The number of hours required varies with county. The delivery of training (i.e. in-person trainings versus on-line trainings) will also vary by country.
  • You must have at least a High School Diploma or the equivalent.
  • Enjoy sharing your love of gardening with others through various Extension Master Gardener projects.

For 2019:  Classes start Saturday, August 31st. Thereafter, classes meet Thursday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:00 until November, 7th. Topics include botany, soils, native plants, vegetable growing, woody and grassy ornamentals, fruit production, turf management, nuisance wildlife, and much more. 

Volunteer opportunities include working in our demonstration gardens, helping others on the horticulture hotline, working with kids through our library and school programs, and participating in our public education programs.

To fill out an application, click here.

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