University of Maryland Extension

Basic Training

Who are the Master Gardener Volunteers?

Master Gardeners are individuals who provide volunteer service hours to help assist the County Extension Offices to bring sustainable horticultural knowledge to the residents of Maryland.

This service comes in the form of:

  • Educational talks and presentations,
  • Ask a Master Gardener Information Booths, 
  • Workshops and demonstrations,
  • Guidance and partnership with local programs
  • The development of materials for use by the Extension office and the Master Gardener program

The MG Volunteer process begins with a few simple steps:

1) A completed application packet and registration fee of $275

2) A brief interview and orientation process

3) 40hours of classroom instruction to provide a refresher in the core areas of Ecology, Botany, Entomology, Soils, and Plant Pathology. 

4) 75% or better on the final exam

5) 40hours of approved volunteer service to be completed within a year of the Training Class

6) 20hours of approved volunteer service each year thereafter to maintain "active status"

The program is as rewarding as it is intense!  Master Gardeners are constantly learning and experiementing as well as continually meeting new friends! 

Come Grow with Us!

For more information contact:

Courtney Coddington

Home Horticulture Agent Associate

Master Gardener Program Coordinator

Carroll County Office

 (410) 386-2760


The next basic training will be held in SPRING 2020. Stay tuned for application information. 

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