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Master Gardener Volunteers

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program provides participants with at least 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. Trainees receive current, research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. In return, trained Master Gardeners volunteer their time and expertise in many ways for community programs and activities.

Who can become a Master Gardener Volunteer?

Everyone who successfully completes the 40+ hours of training and volunteers 40 hours towards community gardening programs and activities can become a Master Gardener Volunteer.

Master Gardener Volunteers are lifelong learners

Master Gardener Volunteers can help direct their own advanced training. Here are examples of how Master Gardener Volunteers have helped each other learn more:

  • In several Maine counties, Master Gardener Volunteers created demonstration gardens, which are excellent places to teach other gardeners at field days, workshops, and tours. They also provide places where Master Gardener Volunteers can experiment with new techniques, grow unusual crops, design theme gardens, and hone their gardening skills.
  • Master Gardener Volunteers in many Maine counties meet regularly to plan activities such as guest lecturers, workshops, and tours of gardens or horticultural businesses.
  • As part of a nationwide Cooperative Extension effort, Master Gardener Volunteers are recognized as well-trained practitioners who serve and beautify their communities. They are linked to a professional network of support through county, state, and national Cooperative Extension offices.

Apply to become a Master Gardener Volunteer!

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Image Description: Extension expert with a Master Gardener Volunteer at Rgers Farm; photo by Edwin remsberg, USDA

Image Description: Three Master Gardener Volunteers at Rogers Farm


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University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Contact Information

Cooperative Extension: Garden & Yard
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System