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 FormMaster Gardener Application (pdf)

Questions

Contact your county Master Gardener program with any questions

Upcoming Events

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, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Penn State Extension, 310 Allen Road, Carlisle, PA 17013

A Master Gardener basic training class will begin in August 2018. (This class is now full. Please see contact information below to be notified of the next class session.)

When: Aug 15, 2018, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin, PA 17018

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

When: Aug 15, 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

Master Gardener basic training is offered regularly in Lancaster County. The 2018 class is now full. A basic training class will be offered in 2020.

When: Aug 21, 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: Aug 30, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Butler County are hosting an Open House on Thursday, August 30th at the Butler County Extension Office. If you're interested in learning about the Master Gardener Program, please join us! Applications are now being accepted for our next Basic Training Class, starting on October 4, 2018

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. Adams County and Franklin 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 6, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Penn State Extension for Union County, 343 Market St., 2nd Floor, Mifflinburg

Learn about the master Gardener program and how to apply for the basic training program.

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: Sep 29, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Do you have a keen interest in gardening, a willingness to learn more, and a strong desire to share your knowledge with others? Now is the time to contact us for the Fall class!

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 3, 2018, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Master Gardener Basic Training for Allegheny County. Applications are being accepted until August 31.

When: Oct 4, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Penn State Extension Lawrence County Office

A Master Gardener Basic Training Class will be offered this fall. What is a Master Gardener? We will be holding informational meetings on Thursday August 2, 2018 the Penn State Extension Office in Lawrence County (430 Court St New Castle, Pa 16101) from 11:00 am-1:00 pm and on Thursday August 23, 2018 at the New Castle Public Library from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm. Call 724-654-8370 for more details

When: Oct 4, 2018, 5:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Penn State Extension Office Washington County 100 West Beau Street Suite 601 Washington, Pa 15310

A Master Gardener basic training class will begin in October 2018. Washington 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: Oct 4, 2018, 5:45 PM - 8:45 PM
Where: Penn State Extension-Clinton County, 232 East Main Street, Lock Haven, PA 17745

Basic Training for adults interested in becoming Master Gardeners will be offered in Clinton County on Thursday evenings from October through March.

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

Are you fascinated by gardening? Do you enjoy sharing your gardening knowledge with others? You may be interested in the Penn State Master Gardener volunteer program!

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.