How to Become a York County, PA Master Gardener

Penn State Master Gardeners are volunteers who support Penn State Cooperative Extension’s educational programs in consumer horticulture. They develop their horticultural expertise through participation in educational programs conducted by Penn State University faculty and Cooperative Extension staff.

Master Gardener soil and plant clinic at John Rudy Park Open House

Master Gardener soil and plant clinic at John Rudy Park Open House

Master Gardener  trainees are selected on the basis of an interview and a pretest.  They then embark on 45 hours of classes that cover a wide range of horticulture topics.  At the end of the classes they complete a post-test and a 10 minute presentation. When they have completed all this and 50 hours of volunteer time they are certified as Penn State Master Gardeners.  To retain certification they must complete 10 hours of advanced education and 20 hours of volunteer service each year.

The next York County, Penn State Master Gardener class will begin August of 2018.  Orientation sessions, interviews and pre-tests will be held in the Spring of 2018.


If you are interested in being considered for the next Master Gardener class, please send your name, address, phone number and e-mail address to Kelly Folcomer at, or mail to Penn State Extension, 112 Pleasant Acres Rd, York, PA 17402, Attn:  Kelly .