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Gardening - Master Gardeners in Penobscot County

Master Gardener Volunteer Training

Thank you for your interest in the Master Gardener Volunteer training. Master Gardeners are truly special people dedicated to sharing their horticultural knowledge and skills with their community.  The application period is now closed for 2014.  Please see below for more information about the course.  If you’d like to be placed on a waiting list to be notified when the 2015 training is scheduled, contact Theresa Tilton at 942-7396 or

2014 Training Schedule*

This training is split into winter and fall sessions. Participants must attend at least 80% of the classes, including at least 2 fall sessions. Classes will be held at the UMaine Extension office in Bangor on Tuesdays 5-8pm unless otherwise noted. Other training sites include the greenhouse facilities on the UMaine, Orono campus and Rogers Farm in Old Town.

1/21 Orientation & Seed Starting
1/28 Botany
2/4 Soils
2/11 Pest Management
2/18 Sustainable Landscape Design
2/25 Pesticide Safety
3/4 Home Garden Nutrition & Weed ID/Control
3/8 SATURDAY SESSION Plant Propagation & Greenhouse Tour — UMaine, Orono
3/11 Small Fruits
3/15 SATURDAY SESSION Tree Fruits — location TBD
3/18 Herbaceous Ornamental Plants
3/25 Vegetables
9/2 Season Review & 2014 Pest Trends
9/9 Food Security & Season Extension — Rogers Farm
9/16 Woody Ornamental Plants
9/23 Composting – UMaine, Orono
9/30 Final Exam & Harvest Supper

*schedule is subject to change

Directions to Training Sites

Training Materials

We’re pleased to announce that the newly revised Maine Master Gardener Manual is now online. This resource is a collection of bulletins, chapters, and links that have been carefully selected to provide you with timely, in-depth, and applied information on a number of important horticultural topics. The online format will allow you to access new and updated materials long after your training. Much of this wonderful resource is accessible to the general public. Some sections are password protected to ensure access only by Maine Master Gardeners. Please contact Kate Garland if you have any concerns regarding your ability to access the online manual for the training.


The fee for the course and materials is due at the first class meeting. PLEASE DO NOT SEND MONEY BEFORE THE CLASS BEGINS.

The Master Gardener Volunteers program is a statewide program and is one of the most popular and valued programs offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. This program is committed to offering high quality horticultural education to all interested Maine residents. To help us meet this goal and keep the program affordable, the program relies on tax dollars, donations, and program fees .

County, state, and federal tax dollars and donations do not fully cover the true costs of offering this program. Consequently, we must charge a program fee of $220. Limited scholarships are available. Contact Kate Garland for more information.

To assist us in building the program scholarship fund that supports Maine residents of all incomes to participate in the program, we welcome tax-deductible donations.

For More Information

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Kate Garland at 1-800-287-1485 at to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least seven days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

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Contact Information

Cooperative Extension in Penobscot County
307 Maine Avenue
Bangor, Maine 04401-4331
Phone: 207.942.7396 or 1.800.287.1485 (in Maine)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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