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
  • Central Kentucky Ornamental Turf Association Annual Meeting
  • Continuing Education Committee
  • Extension Backyard Vegetable, Herb and Flower Gardens
  • 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. The next training will be held fall of 2022. 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

February 2017

May 2017

August 2017

November 2017

January 2018 Annual Meeting

February 2018

May 2018

August 2018

November 2018

January 2019

Exhibiting Vegetables in Competitions

Preparing Cut Flowers for a Flower Show

Grooming Container Plants for Competition