Master Gardener Program

How Can I Become a Master Gardener Volunteer?

The Master Gardener training program is usually conducted every two years. The training occurs during the day, once a week for 15 weeks. In filling out this interest flyer you will automatically be contacted during the summer, prior to the next training that fall. An application will be mailed to you. Upon our receiving it, we will set up an interview with you. Those applicants who are accepted will be notified by September to begin classes October of that training year. There is a fee to cover the cost of the training and materials needed.

How Will the Master Gardener Volunteer Program Benefit Me?

Through the Master Gardener training sessions and workshops you will become a more knowledgeable gardener. Some of the course work in the trainings include instruction in insect and disease prevention, soil nutrition, vegetable, fruit, tree, shrub, lawn, annual, perennial and houseplant culture to name just a few! You will also meet people who share your love of gardening. As a bonus, the program benefits include:

  • Free registration to CCE-OC Community Horticulture programs as part of your advanced training.
  • The opportunity to attend educational field trips and the NYS Master Gardener Conference at Cornell University in Ithaca.
  • Receiving ‘Gardening in Orange County,’ the Community Horticulture newsletter.
  • Tax deductible travel expenses.

For more information, download our Master Gardener Program brochure

Master Gardener Program in New York State

Last updated November 7, 2014