Become a Master Gardener

Meeting the educational needs of thousands of citizens requires the dedication, creativity, and hard work of many volunteers. Consider joining the ranks of a volunteer program that makes a difference in Delaware.

Master Gardeners bring the joy of horticulture and environmental education into classrooms, homes, communities and demonstration gardens throughout the State.

Master Gardener trainees learn how to conduct educational programs in horticultural and environmental topics. They learn about research-based lawn and garden management practices known to be least damaging to the environment. But moreover, they become part of a vibrant community of individuals dedicated to growing a “greener” Delaware.

New Castle County Master Gardeners If you’re interested in participating in the 2015 fall training to become a Master Gardener please contact Carrie Murphy, New Castle County Master Gardener Coordinator, (302) 831-2506, cjmurphy@udel.edu .  Applications for the next training program will be available, both online and in our office, in February, 2015.  Once the training class is selected, training will begin in September, 2015. Kent and Sussex County Master GardenersTo become a Master Gardener, you must submit an application, successfully complete the training program held twice a week for seven weeks every other fall, and complete 45 hours of volunteer service, part of which will consist of answering phone questions in the Extension Office, during the year following training. Training is held every other year in the fall.

The next training sessions are in the fall of 2015.

Sussex County Cooperative Extension
Contact: Tracy Wootten or Tammy Schirmer
Phone: (302) 856-2585 ext 544

Kent County Cooperative Extension
Contact: Megan Pleasanton  (Interim Director)
Phone: (302) 857-6438