Become a Master Gardener

Cooperative Extension

Become a master gardener

Become a Master Gardener

The Master Gardener Program in Georgia is a volunteer training program designed to help University of Georgia Cooperative Extension staff transfer research-based information about gardening and related subjects to the public by training home gardeners. Some basic experience and knowledge is preferable, but all enthusiastic people who want to share their love of plants with their communities are welcome. 
 

Step 1

Application & Selection
Included in this step is the completion of a few forms and an interview with the local Extension Office. 

Step 2

Training & Exams
Trainees complete 42 hours of core horticultural training and two exams. 

step 3

Step 3: Volunteer Service
Within the first year after training, trainees complete 50 hours of volunteer service. To remain a current, active master gardener volunteers give at least 25 hours of volunteer service hours each year and track their accomplishments using an online recordkeeping system.