What are the Master Gardener Training Requirements?

Master Gardener Trainees are required to participate in a minimum of thirty-six (36) hours of training. Each trainee is expected to attend all core classes. 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.

Core Classes: 36 hours (Required in all counties)

  • Master Gardener Program Orientation
  • Botany
  • Communications
  • Entomology
  • IPM & Pesticide Safety
  • Pathology
  • Propagation
  • Pruning
  • Soils & Composting
  • Turf
  • Vegetables
  • Woody Ornamentals

Additional Classes (Topics may vary by county)

  • Diagnostics
  • Garden Animals & Wildlife
  • Gardening Equipment, Fitness, & Safety
  • Herbaceous Plants
  • Household Pests
  • Indoor Plants
  • Landscape Design
  • Native Plants
  • Tree & Small Fruit
  • Weeds & Invasive Plants

Sustainable gardening concepts and practices are included as an integrated component throughout basic training.