New Jersey Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension in its mission to deliver horticulture programs and information to the general public. Anyone with an interest in gardening and a commitment to volunteer service can become a Master Gardener. No previous education or training in horticulture is required.
Students are required to complete a training program that runs from September thru May on Wednesdays from 10am-1pm. The cost for the program is $250. Scholarships are available. These classes are taught by Rutgers professors and New Jersey horticultural experts. There is a midterm and a final. After completing the program, to be certified, you must complete 60 hours of volunteer service on one of our committees.
The 2016-17 class will be held at the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center in Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ. Use the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Mill Street in Belleville when obtaining directions from the Internet.
Classes will start Wednesday, September 14, 2016.
Click here to download the application.
Click here to learn more about the Rutgers Master Gardener program.
**Next year’s class (2017-18) will be held at Garibaldi Hall adjacent to the Essex County Environmental Center 621A Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ.