Become a Master Gardener

Do you enjoy gardening? Do you wish you had a greater knowledge of plants and how to make your garden grow Would you like to be able to share your newly gained knowledge with others? If you would like to join a group who loves to share its knowledge and love of plants, then consider becoming a Master Gardener.

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.

To become a certified Master Gardener, you are required to complete a training program taught by Rutgers professors and New Jersey horticultural experts. The training program runs from January to June. You must also complete 70 hours of volunteer service with one or more gardening projects supported by the Master Gardeners of Essex County.  Please check out “Where we Volunteer” on this website. 

If you are interested in attending the next Master Gardener class, complete the application below and email it to You will be notified before the end of the year about the dates, times, and location of the next class, and the cost.  

Master Gardener Application