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Master Gardener Basic Training

Do you have keen interest in gardening, a willingness to learn more, and a strong desire to help others learn? Join us and start your path to becoming a Penn State Master Gardener!

Upcoming Events

When: June 22, 2017, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Come join us and see what the Erie County Master Gardener Basic Training class will be all about!

When: August 15, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join the Master Gardener Program and give back to the community.

When: August 15, 2017, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Penn State Extension in Berks County is accepting applications from individuals interested in training to become certified Master Gardeners. Applications are being accepted from now through March 31.

When: August 16, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Penn State Chester County Master Gardeners are currently accepting applications for the class of 2017.

When: August 17, 2017, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Penn State Extension in Delaware County is accepting applications from individuals interested in training to become certified Master Gardeners. Application deadline is May 26th.

When: August 22, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Are you a gardening and landscaping enthusiast? A native plant pro? A container veggie grower? Master Gardeners in Centre County coordinate a vibrant suite of projects and programs throughout the year.

When: August 24, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join the team of Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Philadelphia whose mission is “to support Penn State Extension by utilizing research-based information to educate the public on best practices in consumer horticulture and environmental stewardship.”

When: September 6, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Do you have a keen interest in gardening, a willingness to learn more, and a strong desire to help others learn? The Franklin County Master Gardener program is looking for volunteer educators.

When: September 6, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

If you are interested in learning more about gardening and teaching others, this program is for you!

When: October 1, 2017, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Allegheny County Master Gardener Training will run on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:00PM, October-April. Applications are accepted until August 31st. Location: the Penn State Center Pittsburgh.

When: October 4, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners are volunteers who support Penn State Extension's educational programs in consumer horticulture.

When: October 5, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Basic training for Master Gardeners is to be held beginning in October 2017 for those wishing to serve the Armstrong or Indiana County areas.

When: October 5, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Penn State Master Gardeners are members of the community who have an interest in gardening and a desire to help others. What sets them apart from other gardeners is the intensive training in horticulture they receive from Penn State Extension. In exchange for their training, Penn State Master Gardeners serve as volunteers for Extension horticulture programs.

When: October 5, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Penn State Extension in Blair County is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Penn State Extension Master Gardener Basic Training Program.

When: October 5, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Do you have an interest in gardening, a willingness to learn more, and a strong desire to help others? Join us to start your path to become a Penn State Master Gardener! Applications are now being accepted through September 20, 2017. Class starts October 5th.

When: October 5, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Are you fascinated by gardening? Do you enjoy sharing your gardening knowledge with others? You may be interested in the Penn State Master Gardener volunteer program!

When: October 5, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Basic Training for Master Gardeners is to be held beginning in October 2017 for those wishing to serve the Armstrong and Indiana County areas. Registration are due by August 7, 2017.

When: October 5, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Do you have an interest in gardening, a willingness to learn more, and a strong desire to help others? Join us to begin your path to become a Penn State Master Gardener!

When: October 5, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Penn State Master Gardeners are members of the community who have an interest in gardening and a desire to help others. What sets them apart from other gardeners is the intensive training in horticulture they receive from Penn State Extension. In exchange for their training, Penn State Master Gardeners serve as volunteers for Extension horticulture programs.

When: October 5, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Are you fascinated by gardening? Do you enjoy sharing your gardening knowledge with others? You may be interested in the Penn State Master Gardener volunteer program!

Course Details

The Penn State Master Gardener Program is administered at the county level where recruitment, training, and volunteer service occur.

Not every county schedules basic training classes every year. If you don't see an upcoming training listed, please contact the county Extension office in your area to be added to a notification list.

Basic training class schedules vary based on location and include the following topics: botany, plant propagation, soil health and fertilizer management, composting, controlling pests safely, entomology, plant diseases, indoor plants, vegetables, lawn care, pruning, woody ornamentals, herbaceous plants, native plants, weeds and invasives.

Trainees must apply for the program in their county of residence.

Master Gardener trainees are required to participate in a minimum of forty hours of basic training. Each trainee is expected to attend all core classes with any missed sessions to be made up at the discretion of supervising Master Gardener Coordinator.

Any missed sessions must be made up through arrangements with supervising Extension staff members. In addition, supervising Extension staff may require trainees to participate in training focused on locally relevant topics.

Application

Before completing the Master Gardener application, contact the county Extension office in your area for an updated schedule of classes and program cost. Scholarships may be available through your local Extension office. Basic training for Master Gardeners is not offered annually in every county. Send the completed application to the county where you reside.

Master Gardener Application Form (.doc)

Questions

Contact your county Master Gardener program with any questions