Become 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 thru May on Wednesdays from 10am-1pm.  The cost for the program is $275.  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.

Classes will start Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

Click here to download the application.

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

Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program Policies & Procedures

The 2017-18 class will be held at Garibaldi Hall adjacent to the Essex County Environmental Center 621A Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ. 


**Next year’s class (2018-19) 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.