Master Gardener

Below is information about the Master Gardener Volunteer Program. To get information about upcoming classes, subscribe to our email list.


What does it take to be a Master Gardener?

  • Master Gardeners are volunteers
  • You don’t need to know everything about gardening. We will teach you.
  • You will receive 50 hrs. of classroom and hands-on training
  • You will be required to volunteer 50 hrs. in our garden projects over the coming year.
  • Yearly requirements to remain a Master Gardener are: learning (10 hrs) and volunteer service (20 hrs)

What do you learn?











What do Master Gardeners do?

  • Children’s Learning Garden
  • Plant Sale
  • School Gardens
  • Wistendahl Native Plant Garden
  • Shade Tree Commission
  • Newsletter Team
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Farmers Market Information Booth
  • Community Foods Initiatives
  • Ask a Master Gardener
  • Program planning
  • Tours and field trips
  • More projects being added every year

Master Gardener training classes begin in late January each year.  Classes meet every Wednesday night from 6 PM – 9 PM, February – April. There will be two Saturdays where we will be going outside and learning. The deadline for applications is January 13. We need 10 students to form a class. So, the sooner we get your application, the sooner we can guarantee that there will be a class. The cost is $110 and includes a resource manual and a soil test for your garden.   


Happy to help.

If you have any questions about the Master Gardener program contact:
Ed Brown at the Athens County Extension Office (740) 593-8555 or