Master Gardener Volunteer Program in Catawba County

What is the Extension Master Gardenersm Volunteer Program?

Extension Master Gardenersm volunteers are members of the local community who enjoy gardening and volunteering. They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and help others.

New volunteers receive extensive training in horticulture (no gardening experience required!) and are willing to share what they have learned with others by volunteering in the community. Volunteer work is done through the Catawba County Cooperative Extension Center to provide horticulture-related information to the public.

Should I become a Master Gardenersm volunteer?

To help you decide if you should apply to become a Master Gardenersm volunteer, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I want to learn more about the care and management of many types of plants?
  • Am I eager to participate in a practical and intense training program?
  • Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community?
  • Do I have enough time to attend training sessions and to serve as a volunteer?

If you answered yes to these questions, the Extension Master Gardenersm program could be for you!

Volunteer Training

If accepted into the Extension Master Gardenersm program in Catawba County, you will attend a 36 hour training course. Classes are taught by Extension staff, local experts, and Master Gardenerssm.

The program offers a minimum of 36 hours of instruction on horticulture topics including: lawns; ornamental trees and shrubs; insect, disease, and weed management; soils and plant nutrition; vegetable gardening; home fruit production; garden flowers; houseplants; and landscape design.

During your first year as an Extension Master Gardenersm you will complete 40 hours of volunteer work in projects of your choice. Each additional year you wish to remain an Extension Master Gardenersm you will volunteer 20 hours. There is a wide variety of projects that you can participate in with other Master Gardenersm or you can create a new project.

What Are the Kinds of Volunteer Activities?

Some of the projects that Extension Master Gardenerssm in Catawba County are currently working on include: diagnose plant, insect, and disease problems.

  • staffing plant clinics and educational exhibits.
  • managing demonstration and community gardens.
  • presenting lectures on various gardening topics.
  • bringing the joy of gardening to senior citizens or young children.

Master Gardenerssm are representatives of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Master Gardenerssm follow the research-based recommendations of Cooperative Extension. The title “Master Gardenersm ” can be used by volunteers only when engaged in Extension-sponsored activities.

Who can become a Master Gardenersm?

Individuals with an interest in both gardening and volunteer service are potential candidates for the program. No previous formal training is necessary.

Why Should I become a Master Gardenersm?

You will become knowledgeable about a wide array of gardening subjects. The practical training is designed to:

  • increase your confidence and horticultural skills
  • enable you to assist the public with questions and problems involved with gardening

Volunteer service helps your community and you derive the pleasure and reward of working with others who share your interests.

Volunteers also participate in advanced Master Gardenersm training classes and field trips. The learning and the opportunities for satisfaction never end!

If you would like to add your name to the list to receive information about the next Training session call George Place at 828-465-8240 or, stop by the office, or click here to fill out a short form. The next class will begin in late Feb, 2018.

For more information on the Master Gardener program, contact George Place at 828-465-8247..

The terms Master Gardenersm, Master Gardener Extension Volunteersm, North Carolina Master Gardenersm, and Extension Master Gardenersm are North Carolina State University service marks and can only be used by North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Written By

Photo of Beth CloningerBeth CloningerCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (828) 465-8240 (Office) beth_rogers@ncsu.eduCatawba County, North Carolina
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