Master Gardener Basic Training: Bucks County

Classes begin Thursday, October 4, 2018 and run through Thursday, March 21, 2019. All classes are Thursday evenings, 5:45pm - 9:00pm. Applications are due by May 18. (Link below.) Interviews are June 4-8.

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

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Do you have keen interest in gardening, a willingness to learn more about horticulture, and a strong desire to help others learn? Join us and start your path to becoming a Penn State Master Gardener!

The program offers 40 hours of training that covers 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 and more.

To become certified as a Master Gardener, you must complete 40 hours of training through Penn State Extension and fulfill 50 hours of volunteer service the year after training. In subsequent years, Master Gardeners maintain their status by fulfilling 20 hours of volunteer time and attending a minimum of ten hours of continuing education training provided by Penn State Extension.

Examples of volunteer time include working at our annual public Plant Sale, staffing booths at events such as the Middletown Grange Fair, delivering presentations to local gardening clubs/municipalities/libraries/senior centers as part of our Speakers Bureau, responding to homeowner questions on our Garden Hotline, and designing/maintaining our Almshouse Demonstration Gardens. There are many more opportunities.


  • The 2018/2019 training program runs October 4, 2018 through March 21, 2019. 
  • All classes are Thursday evenings, 5:45pm-9:00pm.
  • There are no classes the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Classes are held at the Bucks County Extension office, 1282 Almshouse Road, Doylestown, PA 18901.
  • No prior horticulture knowledge is required to take the Master Gardener training course.

For more information about the Master Gardener program including costs and volunteer commitment, contact Kathleen Connally by email at

Applications are due by May 18, 2018.  Please email or send by U.S. mail to Kathleen Connally, Master Gardener Coordinator at or Bucks County Extension office, 1282 Almshouse Road, Doylestown, PA 18901. Click here for an application:

Kathleen Connally
Master Gardener / Master Watershed Steward Coordinator

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