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 share you newly gained knowledge with others? If you would you 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.

Students are required to complete a training program that runs from September through May. These classes are taught by Rutgers professors and New Jersey horticultural experts.  To become a certified Master Gardener, you must complete 60 hours of volunteer service on one of our committees or in any of our supported gardens. Please check out “Where we Volunteer” on this website. 

Classes generally start in September. We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 class.

Download and print the application and send in a check to save your seat!

Click here to learn more about the Rutgers Master Gardener program.  Also see

Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program Policies & Procedures