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Rutgers Master Gardener Program

What Is 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.

What Kind of Training Do Master Gardeners Receive?
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.New Jersey Master Gardeners receive in-depth, hands-on training in horticulture from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey faculty and professional staff. Some basic topics include plant biology, propagation, soil science, and disease and pest control. There is a fee to cover material and program costs. (Scholarships are available.) In exchange for the training, Master Gardeners agree to volunteer a certain number of hours, working in their community in programs sponsored by Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension. Successful graduates of the training become Certified Master Gardeners after they complete their volunteer service.

What Kinds of Things Do Master Gardeners Do?
New Jersey Master Gardeners use their skills in a variety of areas, including:
  • New Jersey Master Gardeners use their skills in a variety of areasGardening demonstrations
  • Telephone Helpline and Plant Clinics
  • Community and youth gardening
  • Horticultural therapy
  • Information booths at county fairs and other public events
  • Research assistance at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Harvesting and packing food for the hungry
If you are interesting in becoming a Rutgers Master Gardener, please contact:

Viola Carson
Home Horticultural Program Assistant
Rutgers Master Gardener LogoCooperative Extension of Cumberland County
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Extension Education Center
291 Morton Ave.
Millville, NJ 08332-9776

Phone: 856-451-2800
Fax: 856-451-4206
Email: violaca@co.cumberland.nj.us