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 (.doc)

Questions

Contact your county Master Gardener program with any questions

Upcoming Events

When: May 17, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: 724 Phillips St, Ste 201, Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners from Monroe County host this free informational evening to instruct home gardeners what it takes to become a Master Gardener.

When: Aug 14, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Lebanon Valley Agricultural Center, 2120 Cornwall Road, Lebanon, PA 17042

A Master Gardener basic training class will begin August 2018. Lebanon County adult residents are welcome to apply.

When: Aug 15, 2018 6:00 PM to Dec 12, 2018 6:00 PM
Where: 112 Pleasant Acres Rd, York, PA 17402

A Master Gardener basic training class will begin in August 2018. York County adult residents are welcome to apply. Master Gardeners are volunteers for Penn State extension who share knowledge of best practices in home gardening and environmental stewardship.

When: Aug 15, 2018, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

A Master Gardener basic training class will begin in August 2018. Lancaster County adult residents are welcome to apply.

When: Aug 28, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: To be determined

A Master Gardener basic training class will begin in August 2018. Centre County adult residents are welcome to apply. Master Gardeners are volunteers for Penn State Extension who share knowledge of best practices in home gardening and environmental stewardship.

When: Sep 5, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, and 181 Franklin Farm Road, Chambersburg

A Master Gardener basic training class will begin in August 2018. York County adult residents are welcome to apply. Master Gardeners are volunteers for Penn State extension who share knowledge of best practices in home gardening and environmental stewardship.

When: Sep 13, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Do You Enjoy Gardening and Sharing Your Knowledge? Now is your opportunity to become a Penn State Extension Master Gardener! Penn State Extension Master Gardeners are volunteers who support Penn State Extension's educational programs in consumer horticulture. They develop their horticultural expertise through participation in an educational training conducted by Penn State University faculty and Penn State Extension staff.

When: Oct 1, 2018, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: Penn State Extension Blair County, Martinsburg, PA

A Master Gardener basic training class will begin in October 2018. Blair County adult residents are welcome to apply.

When: Oct 1, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Where: 610 E. North Street, McConnellsburg, PA 17233

Could you be a Master Gardener? Names of interested Fulton County adult residents are now being collected for a training class to begin in October, 2018.

When: Oct 1, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Wyoming County will hold a basic training in the fall of 2018 for those interested in becoming Master Gardeners.

When: Oct 3, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

When: Oct 4, 2018, 5:45 PM - 9:00 PM

Classes begin Thursday, October 4, 2018 and run through Thursday, March 21, 2019. All classes are Thursday evenings, 5:45pm - 9:00pm. Applications are due by May 18. (Link below.) Interviews are June 4-8.

When: Oct 4, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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

When: Oct 4, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: 702 Sawmill Road, Suite 102, Bllomsburg, PA 17815

If you have a keen interest in gardening, a willingness to learn more about horticulture, and a desire to help others, join us to start your path to certification as a Penn State Extension Master Gardener. Applications must be received by September 13, 2018.

When: Aug 15, 2019, 3:00 PM - 4:00 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.