As you may know, Master Gardeners are NC State University trained volunteers who educate the public about the benefits of gardening. They do this through demonstration projects, classes, public gardens, charitable gardens, and public appearances. Master Gardeners are provided many opportunities to attend advanced gardening classes and gardening events each year.

Extension Master Gardener Volunteer training runs January – April, one day a week on Wednesdays, 9am -1pm. The cost is $135 which includes a free online book (you can choose to buy an ebook or hardcopy on your own).

There are a few mandatory labs after the classes end as well. Trainees are required to do 25 hours of volunteering in our public garden projects and 15 hours on the information phone line in our office before they can graduate. Master Gardeners must do 10 hours of educational training and 25 hours of volunteer service in approved projects annually to remain certified.

We encourage you to check this out if it appeals to you!

Below we have attached the Master Gardener application. Return by mail, in person, or via email to