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 January through June 2023. These classes are taught by Rutgers professors and New Jersey horticultural experts.   

To become a certified Master Gardener, you are required to complete a training program taught by Rutgers professors and New Jersey horticultural experts. You must also complete 60 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. 

The Master Gardener class beginning in January 2023 is full. If you wish to be included on a waitlist, you may submit an application, but we cannot guarantee that there will be an opening for you. The Application Form is below. You may send your completed application to Master Gardeners of Essex County, 621A Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068.  Do not send payment at this time. You will be notified if a slot opens and you can register.   

Master Gardener Application