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: 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 2, 2018, 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
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 Tuesday mornings from October through March.

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 - 9:00 PM

SUMMER 2018 UPDATE: The Master Gardener basic training course that begins in October 2018 is now full. If you'd like to be on an email notification list for 2019 basic training, please email Bucks County Coordinator Kathleen Connally at kxc30@psu.edu

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 - 7:00 PM
Where: 115 Farley Circle, Suite 111, Lewisburg, PA

This is the basic training course for Union and Snyder County residents interested in certification as Penn State Master Gardeners.

When: Oct 4, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Do you have a strong interest in gardening? Are you a life-long learner? Do you want to help others and share your gardening enthusiasm and knowledge? Then consider becoming a Penn State Extension Master Gardener.

When: Oct 4, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Where: 300 Center Street Ridgway, Pennsylvania 15853

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

When: Oct 4, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Cambria County Extension office, Ebensburg, PA

A Master Gardener Basic Training Class will begin in October 2018. Cambria 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 with their community.

When: Oct 4, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Indiana County Extension office, 827 Water Street, Indiana PA

Do you have a strong interest in gardening? Are you a life-long learner? Do you want to help others and share your gardening enthusiasm and knowledge? Then consider becoming a Penn State Master Gardener. Class to begin in October 2018.

When: Oct 4, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 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 4, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: 702 Sawmill Road, Suite 102, Bloomsburg, 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: Oct 4, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Where: 17129 Rt. 6 Smethport, Pennsylvania 16749

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

When: Oct 4, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: 7 Water Street Coudersport, Pennsylvania 16915

Are you interested in becoming a Penn State Extension Master Gardener? Names of interested Potter County adult residents are now being collected for a training class to begin in October, 2018.

When: Oct 4, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Extension Office 827 Water Street Indiana PA

A Master Gardener Basic Training Class will begin in October 2018. Indiana 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 with their community.