University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Master Gardener Volunteer Program




What is a Master Gardener?

A Master Gardener:

  • Has an interest in all types of gardening, such as ornamental or vegetable.
  • Wants to teach others to garden.
  • Is trained by Cooperative Extension personnel.

What Does a Master Gardener Do?

Master Gardeners help County Extension Agents reach more residents who have gardening problems by:

  • Supplying a variety of educational projects related to gardening.
  • Teaching Horticulture to beginning gardeners.
  • Using special talents, such as writing, photography, and drawing to benefit others.
  • Answering gardening questions at Extension Offices during regular phone hours.
  • Working information booths at community events and malls.

How Do I Become a Master Gardener?

  • You become a Master Gardener by successfully completing the training program and then voluntering your time.

How are Master Gardeners Trained?

  • Master Gardener training classes are conducted by Cooperative Extension Service specialists, agents, and other professional personnel.

Master Gardeners are Trained In……

  • Botany, Entomology, Pesticide Use and Safety, Plant Pathology, Soils and Fertilizers, Volunteerism, Flower Gardening, Fruit and Vegetable Gardening, Landscape Design, Lawn Care, Organic Gardening, Tree and Shrub Care.

How Much Does the Training Cost?

  • The cost of the Master Gardener Training program varies from county to county. Fayette County charges $150 to cover the cost of supplies and literature used in the training, which the Master Gardener keeps as reference materials.
What Current Volunteer Opportunities are Available?
  • Arbor Day Event at the Arboretum
  • Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital Therapy Garden
  • Central Kentucky Ornamental Turf Association Annual Meeting
  • Continuing Education Committee
  • Demonstration Herb Garden at the Arboretum
  • Demonstration Vegetable Garden at the Arboretum
  • Extension Backyard Garden
  • Farmers Market Booth
  • Growing Community Program
  • Helpline Clinic
  • Lexington Lions Club Bluegrass Fair Horticulture Contest
  • Master Gardener Newsletter
  • Master Gardener/Arboretum Lecture Series Committee
  • Speakers Bureau
  • Volunteer Projects Committee

How Do I Enroll?

  • Classes are taught every other year (next class will begin in the fall of 2016). Application forms are inlcuded in the By the Yard Newsletter. If you do not already receive the newsletter and would like to be added to the distribution list please E-MAIL or call (859) 257-5582 us and we will be glad to add you to the list.

Master Gardener Newsletter


By the Yard Newsletters

Central Kentucky Directory
Gardens & Gardening Organizations

Master Gardener Event Photos


  Master Gardener Executive Committee Minutes 


Master Gardener Volunteer Hours Report
(for current Master Gardeners only)


Exhibiting Vegetables in Competitions


Preparing Cut Flowers for a Flower Show


Grooming Container Plants for Competition


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