Master Gardeners learn the art of creating Hypertufa

Master Gardeners learn the art of creating Hypertufa

Blocks in Bloom Participants, Block Captains, and Master Gardener Mentors Picnic

Blocks in Bloom Participants, Block Captains, and Master Gardener Mentors Picnic

2016 Gathering of Gardeners Symposium

2016 Gathering of Gardeners Symposium

Master Gardeners gear up for the 2016 Plant Sale at the Lilac Festival

Master Gardeners gear up for the 2016 Plant Sale at the Lilac Festival

Master Gardeners




Who are Master Gardeners?

They are volunteer men and women trained by Cornell Cooperative Extension in the science and art of gardening, as part of a nation-wide education and service program. Master Gardeners are members of the upstate community, they take an interest in gardens, landscape, and the environment at large. Master Gardeners are willing to learn and share their knowledge and experience with others.


What do they do?

Master Gardeners provide a number of services. Some staff the garden helpline, answering telephone requests for information and solving problems. They maintain gardens at the Extension headquarters. They administer annual programs such as our plant sale during the Lilac Festival, the Gathering of Gardeners seminar, and Blocks in Bloom. Master Gardeners speak to local groups, write articles, and support demonstration and community improvement projects.


What are the requirements?

Candidates attend 50 to 70 hours of classroom training over a 1-2 month period. After successful completion, participants commit to 50 hours of service in the first year, and 30 hours of activities each of the following years. Master Gardeners must participate in approved volunteer activities related to providing consumer horticulture education to the public.


What are the benefits?

Master Gardeners enjoy the advantages of comprehensive horticulture training, future possibilities for continued education, and opportunities to serve their community with their knowledge and efforts.

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Contact

Amanda Grisa
Horticulture Program Coordinator
ams736@cornell.edu
585-753-2558

Last updated May 19, 2017