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!

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 Master Gardener Application (pdf)

Questions

Contact your county Master Gardener program with any questions

Upcoming Events

When: Mar 11, 2019, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Ag Services Bldg., Penn State Extension in Northumberland County, 443 Plum Creek Road, Sunbury, PA 17801

Spring 2019 accelerated Master Gardener Basic Training Course for residents of Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties.

When: Aug 14, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA 19533

This semester-long Basic Training is required for gardeners aspiring to achieve Penn State Master Gardener certification.

When: Aug 14, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: 1202 Ag Center Dr, Pottsville, PA 17901

Penn State Master Gardeners of Schuylkill County will recruit new volunteers beginning March 2019. Training for the accepted volunteers will take place Fall 2019.

When: Aug 15, 2019, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: 601 Westtown Rd, West Chester, PA 19380

Chester County will offer weekly basic training classes for Master Gardeners from August through December. Applications should be submitted by May 14th, 2019.

When: Aug 15, 2019, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: 601 Westtown Rd., West Chester, 19380

Delaware County will offer basic training classes for Master Gardeners beginning in August, 2019. Applications should be submitted by May 14th, 2019.

When: Aug 15, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: 1015 Bridge Road, Collegeville, PA 19426

Montgomery County training for Master Gardener program

When: Sep 12, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Montrose, PA

Do You Enjoy Gardening and Sharing Your Knowledge? Now is your opportunity to become a Penn State Extension Master Gardener!

When: Oct 1, 2019, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: 10722 Fairgrounds Rd #6, Huntingdon, PA 16652

Huntingdon County is now collecting names of interested Huntingdon County residents for a basic training class to begin in October, 2019.

When: Oct 2, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Let's get started on becoming a Penn State Extension Master Gardener in Fayette County!

When: Oct 3, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Washington County Extension Office, 100 West Beau Street, Suite 601 Washington, Pa 15301

Do You Enjoy Gardening and Sharing Your Knowledge? Now is your opportunity to become a Penn State Master Gardener! Washington County is now collecting names of interested residents for basic training class to begin in October 2019.

When: Oct 3, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Where: Ag Services Bldg, Penn State Extension, 702 Sawmill Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

The Master Gardener Basic Training course will be offered for residents of Columbia, Montour, and Northumberland Counties, in the fall of 2019 at the Penn State Extension Office, Bloomsburg.