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Become a Master Gardener and Join US!

Gardening experience is not needed to take the class and become a Master Gardener – just an interest in horticulture and a willingness to learn!  

The Initial Training course is offered annually starting in February. The modules will be online and students will have until June to finish the courses.  Training labs are included.  Graduation to Internship will be in August.


Topics include:

Botany, Entomology, Soils, Propagation, Fruits and Vegetables, Plant Diseases, Diagnosing Plant Damage, Water Quality, Integrated Pest Management, and more!

After the initial training,  new Master Gardener Interns work alongside their seasoned peers to complete 50 volunteer hours during the next year.

After finishing the internship, Master Gardeners volunteer at least 20 hours each year and participate in a minimum of 8 hours continuing education to maintain their status.

There are so many opportunities to volunteer your services and knowledge.  There are community gardens that need assistance as well as 4H, the Community Arboretum at VWCC, working at the Home and Garden Show, assisting at the Salem County Fair, and much more!

The February 2022 class has already been filled; however, please call the Help Desk (number listed below) to have your name added to the 2023 waiting list.