University of Maryland Extension

How To Become A Master Gardener

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 2019  Training  Schedule
February 28 - April 25 - every Thursday, 9:00-3:00 p.m.
One day in the summer and fall for presentations.
Cost $225.  If interested, email Susan Trice now at

Please refer to the UME website:

Intern Requirements. To become a certified Master Gardener in Maryland, you must complete the following requirements within one year of starting the Master Gardener training class (though in Frederick you are strongly encouraged to fulfill these requirements by the end of November, since the Frederick training class starts in February). Every three (3) years an evening class is offered. The Maryland requirements are:

  • Attend at least 75% of the training classes.
  • Pass the final exam.
  • Complete Maryland Extension Volunteer Policy Training.
  • Accumulate a total of 40 volunteer hours - turned in by the deadline!

In Frederick County, as part of those 40 hours, you are required to:

  • Participate in at least one (1) Help Desk.
  • Do your Demonstration Garden project.
  • Attend at least three (3) monthly MG meetings - not committee meetings.
  • Be actively involved in at least one “Community Education Outreach” committee
    • BayWise
    • Grow It Eat It
    • Landscape Gardening
    • Pollinators
    • Youth Gardening
    • Therapeutic Horticulture

Certified Master Gardener Requirements. To retain Master Gardener certification in Maryland, you need to fulfill the following requirements each calendar year (January to December):

  • Volunteer 20 hours on approved Master Gardener projects.
  • Receive 10 hours of continuing education.

In Frederick, you are also required to:

  • Attend at least three (3) monthly MG meetings.


Speakers Bureau & Teaching Classes – Speak to garden clubs & other community groups. Teach at special events, open houses, & wherever opportunity arises (day or evening events).
Demonstration & Community Gardens – Plant, maintain, plan, prepare signs & guides, organize tours, & teach at the Demonstration Gardens on the University of Maryland Extension grounds in Frederick. There are vegetable, fruit, native plants, rain garden and children’s garden areas.  Support community gardens and restoration projects throughout the county.
Plant Clinics & Horticulture Help Desk – Answer questions about plants, plant diseases, insects, gardening, landscaping, and seasonal issues throughout the growing season.  The Horticulture Help Desk runs every Monday afternoon at the Extension Office.
Youth Outreach – Support the Youth Master Gardener Program & reach out to youth groups such as 4-H members, scouts, day-care and school groups.
Certification Programs -- Participation in Bay-Wise and/or Pollinator Friendly certification activities.
Plant Sale - Work on our annual fundraiser, held the last Saturday in April. This is a big event of the year where all the MGs work together--lots of fun and very educational.
Great Frederick Fair – Share Master Gardener resources & enthusiasm at the Great Frederick Fair. Another big event & great outreach--hands-on activities & displays have been especially popular.
Affirmative Action Outreach – Reach out to minority communities with educational programs & community gardening projects.
Therapeutic Horticulture – Lead activities in nursing homes, with the developmentally disabled, or with anyone who would benefit from the chance to grow or garden.
Newspaper Column & Publicity – Write articles for the MG column in the Frederick News-Post & other regional media. Help design signage for demonstration gardens & display boards.
Photography – Take photos of Master Gardener event participants or of plants & pests for outreach materials. Develop & manage a library of digital, slide & print photos (see Library).
Library & Website – Manage library & presentation materials.  Assist webmaster in creating informative & interesting pages for the Master Gardener website and facebook .
Environmental Projects  – Teach Baywise programs, work with groups such as; Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Monocacy Green Infrastructure and National Wildlife Federation or other groups on conservation landscaping & environmentally beneficial gardening projects.
Administration – Support the Master Gardener program by helping keep track of volunteer hours, organizing outreach materials, & taking care of other administrative duties.
Social & Educational Programming – Plan field trips to regional & Master Gardener gardens & other social events.

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