When plant, insect and wildlife problems happen in the garden, who can home gardeners call? A team of trained Master Gardeners are available to help answer gardening and pest questions, and solve problems using current research-based information.
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How to Become a Master Gardener

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Our new training curriculum will be a hybrid format consisting of watching lectures, reading educational articles/journals and completing knowledge checks. We will meet twice a month in person to go over topics covered from online learning, engage with guest presenters, classmates and have hands on experiences to reiterate online learning.

Master Gardener Volunteer Mission Statement

We prepare volunteers to be peer educators who build relationships with community audiences to integrate local experience and research-based knowledge in planning for and initiating steps to manage gardens, lawns, and landscapes with an emphasis on food security and environmental stewardship.

What is the Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) Program?

The Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) Program is a national program of trained volunteers who work in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension- Monroe County office to expand garden-based educational outreach throughout the community by providing home and community gardeners with research-based information and skills. Master Gardeners assist throughout Monroe County in a variety of ways from removing invasive plant species from local parks, maintaining plant specimens in Webster, Durand, and Highland’s arboretums, planting and maintaining demonstration gardens, providing outreach and education at various tabling events, and providing valuable assistance to those who call our gardening helpline, just to name a few.

Qualifications for trainees:

Master Gardener trainees should have a basic knowledge of and interest in gardening, good communication skills, enthusiasm for acquiring and sharing horticultural knowledge and skills, ability to build relationships with Monroe County communities, representation of under served communities (rural and urban), and interest in supporting the MGV Program goals of food security and environmental stewardship.

Volunteers complete an application, followed by an interview with members of our horticulture staff and current Master Gardeners.

What are the requirements?

Candidates attend 55 to 75 hours of classroom training over a 5-6 month period. After successful completion, participants commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in the first year, and 30 hours of volunteer service in each subsequent year. Master Gardeners must complete ten hours of continuing horticultural education each year.

Courses include topics such as Botany, Plant Pathology, Composting, Integrated Pest Management, Beneficial Insects, Plant Diseases and more!!


Ashly Piedmont
Master Gardener Coordinator

Last updated September 14, 2022