Master Gardeners learn the art of creating Hypertufa
Blocks in Bloom Participants, Block Captains, and Master Gardener Mentors Picnic
2016 Gathering of Gardeners Symposium
Master Gardeners gear up for the 2016 Plant Sale at the Lilac Festival
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.
Last updated January 26, 2018