University of Maryland Extension

Basic Training Schedule

Master Gardener Basic Training

To become a Master Gardener, you must complete Basic Training (usually 40-50 hours). Basic training is taught by University trained professionals and  is organized at the county (or Baltimore City) level. Each program is independent, covers slightly different material and varies as to cost and training dates. Here are the approximate training dates for each active Master Gardener program. You must contact the MG program you are interested in to find out the requirements and procedures for becoming a Master Gardener and taking Basic Training.


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Allegany - TBA, but probably Thursdays, 1-3pm, beginning of Feb. through beginning of May 2014, Cumberland.

Anne Arundel -Fall 2013, Annapolis

Baltimore City Mondays and Thursdays, (and a few Saturdays) late Jan - early April 2014, 6:30- 9pm, at Cylburn Arboretum and University of MD Extension, Baltimore

Baltimore County- Fridays, starting 1/31/2014 to early March, 8:30 am - 3pm at the Baltimore County Ag Center, in Cockeysville.

Calvert- Tuesday and Thursday evenings, mid-February to mid-March, 2014; 6:15-8:45pm. Prince Frederick.

Carroll - Fall 2013- Tuesday and Thursday mornings mid- September through mid October.

Cecil - January 14th – April 29th, 2013, most Monday nights 6-9pm. Elkton.

Charles - Tuesdays & Thursdays, Feb 19-March 28, 2013; 9am-3pm; La Plata.

Dorchester- Thursdays, 9am-3pm, Sept 12. to Nov 7, 2013 in  Queenstown. (Joint training with Queen Anne's and Talbot Co. MG programs)

Frederick - Wednesday evenings 1/9/13- 6/26/13, 6-9pm,  Frederick

Garrett - March- May, 2013, Thursdays evenings, McHenry, MD

Harford - Tuesday and Wednesdays, beginning September 4th and continuing until the last class on Tuesday, November 6th, 2013. The classes will be held at the Forest Hill Extension Office from 1-4 pm.

Howard - Mon. & Wed.; late Jan - late March 2013;  9am- 12 noon; Ellicott City.

Montgomery - Tues. Wed. and Fri., 1/22-3/6/2013; 10 am-3 pm; Derwood.

Prince George's -  Mondays and Wednesday evenings (6-9pm) 1st Monday in March through 2nd Wednesday in May, 2014 at the 4-H Center in College Park.

Queen Anne's Thursdays, 9am-3pm, Sept 12. to Nov 7, 2013 in  Queenstown. (Joint training with Dorchester and Talbot Co. MG programs)

St Mary's -January, 2014, Loveville, MD

Talbot - Thursdays, 9am-3pm, Sept 12. to Nov 7, 2013 in  Queenstown. (Joint training with Queen Anne's and Dorchester Co. MG programs)

Washington - Thursdays, 9:00am-3:00pm. 2/14/13 to 4/18/13. Located at Extension office in Boonsboro.

Lower Eastern Shore - Tuesdays, Sept. 4 through Nov. 2013, 1-4pm Salisbury.

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