Master Gardeners Completed Hypertufa Class

Master Gardeners learn the art of creating Hypertufa

Blocks in Bloom Participants, Block Mentors, and Master Gardeners First Annual Picnic

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

Gathering of Gardeners Symposium

Gathering of Gardeners Symposium

Master Gardeners gear up for the opening day of the Lilac Festival Plant Sale

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

Master Gardeners

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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.

The next Master Gardener course offering will be in January 2021. Please contact us if you are interested in joining!


Sue Magee
Master Gardener Coordinator

Last updated November 18, 2019