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
  • Bluegrass Flower and Vegetable Show
  • 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
  • Farm Tour
  • Farmers Market Booth
  • Growing Community Program
  • Helpline Clinic
  • Master Gardener Newsletter
  • Speakers Bureau
  • Volunteer Projects Committee

How Do I Enroll?

  • Classes are taught every other year (next class will begin in the fall of 2018). 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 Executive Committee Minutes

February 2016

May 2016

November 2016

January 2017


Exhibiting Vegetables in Competitions
 


Preparing Cut Flowers for a Flower Show


Grooming Container Plants for Competition