University of Maryland Extension

Become a MG

(Master Gardener Intern Class of 2013)

How Do I Become a Master Gardener?

You become a Master Gardener by successfully completing the Master Gardener 40-hour training program and then volunteering your time.

An application to the program can be found here, as well as other documents for entering the program.

What Does a Master Gardener Do?

Master Gardeners help the University of Maryland  Extension solve gardening problems and teach environmentally sound practices by

  • working in information booths at community events and fairs,
  • maintaining demonstration gardens,
  • answering garden questions at plant clinics,
  • teaching horticulture to beginning gardeners and youth, and
  • using special talents, such as writing and photography, to benefit the program.

How Are Master Gardeners Trained?

Master Gardener training classes are conducted annually by University of Maryland Extension.  Through the training program, participants are taught many different horticultural subjects by specialists, educators, and other horticulture professionals. This classroom period covers 40+ hours of education.

Talbot, Queen Anne's, Kent, and Dorchester Basic Training Program:

Classes will be from 9 A.M to 3:30 P.M. on Thursdays in starting in February 2020. Training will be located at the Higher Education Center at Chesapeake College (unless otherwise specified on the agenda). Please contact us with other accommodation needs.

What Are The Master Gardener Training Topics?

Master Gardeners are trained in the following topics:

  • Botany
  • Composting
  • Diagnosing plant problems
  • Ecology
  • Entomology
  • Flower gardening
  • Lawn care
  • Organic gardening
  • Pesticide use and safety
  • Soils and fertilizers
  • Tree and shrub care
  • Vegetable gardening

Other subjects of interest may be included.

What Does Master Gardener Training Cost?

Training costs are $200 for the basic training courses, and includes the Master Gardener Handbook. Cost covers materials and handbook for intern.

Who do I contact?

Please contact your local Master Gardener Coordinator according to the county of your residence:

Talbot and Caroline County- Mikaela Boley mboley@umd.edu

Kent and Queen Anne's County- Rachel Rhodes rjrhodes@umd.edu

Dorchester County- Emily Zobel ezobel@umd.edu

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