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.


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 FormMaster Gardener Application (pdf)


Contact your county Master Gardener program with any questions

Upcoming Events

When: Oct 18, 2018 6:00 PM to Mar 28, 2019 9:00 PM
Where: Center Valley

Training to become a Master Gardener in Lehigh and Northampton Counties.

When: Aug 8, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: Smedley Park, Springfield, PA

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

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.

When: Aug 20, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: 601 Westtown Rd, West Chester, PA 19380

Chester County will recruit new volunteers beginning in April 2019 to join the next incoming Master Gardener trainee class. The semester-long Basic Training will take place in Fall 2019.

When: Aug 27, 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 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: Sep 1, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: 1202 Ag Center Dr, Pottsville, PA 17901

Master Gardener recruitment in Schuylkill County will begin in March 2019. Training for selected applicants will be held in Fall 2019. Fee is $200 Contact the Schuylkill County Extension office for further information.

When: Sep 9, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: 1015 Bridge Road, Collegeville, PA 19426

Montgomery County training for Master Gardener program

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.