How Do I Become A Master Gardener?


To join the UME Baltimore City Master Gardener Program, which is a volunteer program, you must submit an application for the Master Gardener Basic Training in Baltimore City. Please find more information below.  

Completed applications include: (downloads will be available in September 2017) :

    1. 2018 MG Intern Applicants Letter (download)
    2. 2018 UME MG Volunteer Application (download)
    3. 2018 Questionnaire for the Applicants (download)
    4. Two (2) letters of reference with contact information; these can be from 2 of the 3 references you list on your UME MG Volunteer Application.

(Downloads may require Acrobat Reader)

Email, mail, or drop off completed application in ONE envelope no later (DATE TBA, USUALLY LAST WEEK OF OCTOBER)                                             

University of Maryland Extension, Baltimore City
6615 Reisterstown Road, Suite 201
Baltimore, MD 21215
Attn.: Erin Mellenthin
Phone: (410) 856-1850 ext. 121



A few things to consider before making the decision to apply: 

  1. Class Schedule: The UME Baltimore City MG Program holds Basic Training classes are every Thursday night at 6:00pm to 8:45pm from late January to the end of April each year. Each Basic Training has some Saturday morning classes from 9am to Noon, and some Tuesday classes fom 6:00pm-8:45pm in addition to the Thursday evening classes. 75% attendance is required to pass the class.
  2. Location: Classes will be held at two locations The University of MD Extension office Baltimore City , 6615 Reisterstown road suite 201, and at the Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215 
  3. When: Classes typically run from late January to late April.
  4. Cost: A $250 fee covers the Master Gardener handbook and course related materials. Full payment is due by the first day of class.

Admission to the program is competitive and space is limited. 

Tips while enrolled for the Training Course and Becoming a Certified Master Gardener:

  • Attendance policies will be explained the first day of class. 
  • It is mandatory to attend the full lecture when in attendance, this is respectful, polite, and will ensure you get the most out of each class. Please be on time.
  • A  final exam with a passing score of 75% is required.
  • During the year, as a University of Maryland Master Gardener Intern, 40 hours of volunteer activities are required for certification. There will be a variety of opportunities throughout the year to fulfill your volunteer hours.
  • Please read the Master Gardener State Guidelines and Policies here: MG Policies and Guidelines
  • Complete volunteer hour logs must be completed and submitted by December 31, annually on the Online Tracking System (OTS)

If you have any questions, please feel free to send them to Erin Mellenthin at the e-mail address above. We welcome and invite your participation in our program. 

Apply and this could be you!:

The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression. 

Los programas del Colegio de Agricultura y Recursos Naturales de la Universidad de Maryland están abiertos a todos y no discriminará contra nadie debido a raza, edad, sexo, color, orientación sexual, discapacidad física o mental, religión, descendencia, origen nacional, estatus matrimonial, información genética, afiliación política, o identificación y expresión de género.

For more information, contact Erin Mellenthin, Master Gardener Coordinator
Last updated: 5/09/2017

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