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 Form (.doc)


Contact your county Master Gardener program with any questions

Upcoming Events

There are currently no events scheduled for this course.