Who are Master Gardeners?
They are volunteer men and women trained by Cornell Cooperative Extension in thescience and art of gardening, as part of a nation-wide education and service program. Members of the upstate community, they take an interest in gardens, landscape, and the environment at large. Master Gardeners are willing to learn and share their knowledge and experience with others.
What do they do?
Master Gardeners provide a number of services. Some staff the garden helpline, answering telephone requests for information and solving problems. They maintain gardens at the Extension headquarters. They administer annual programs such as our plant sale during the Lilac Festival, and the Gathering of Gardeners seminar. Master Gardeners speak to local groups, write articles, and support demonstration and community improvement projects.
What are the requirements?
Candidates attend 70 hours of classroom training over a 3 month period. After successful completion, participants commit to 50 hours of service in the first year, and 30 hours of activities each of the following years.
What are the benefits?
Master Gardeners enjoy the advantages of comprehensive horticulture training, future possibilities for further learning, and opportunities to serve their community with their knowledge and efforts.