Become a Master Gardener!

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Applications will be accepted for the 2019 Dare County Master Gardener program beginning November 2018.

Is there a fee? The cost for the program is $125 per person, which is due once the candidate has been accepted into the program.

When is the training? Training begins on February 6th and will take place each Tuesday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. through May 15th. There are 13 class sessions and all are required. Classes include lectures, hands-on activities, field trips and guest speakers.

How do I apply to the Dare County Master Gardener Program? The two-part process consists of an application with a background check, and an interview. You don’t have to be a gardening expert to apply! In fact, your willingness to learn and participate in the program fully is of primary importance when you are being considered for the program. Interviews for 2018 Master Gardener candidates must be done in person and will be conducted beginning in December 2017. Applications may be mailed or brought to the N.C. Cooperative Extension office at 517 Budleigh Street, P.O.Box 968, Manteo, NC 27954. You may email your application to Shannon Brooks at Office hours are 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Deadline for applications is Sunday, December 31, 2017. Click here to get your application 2018 MG Application for the Dare County Master Gardener Program.

What is a Master Gardener? Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who provide educational assistance and programing to Dare County citizens on a wide variety of subjects such as lawns, fruits, vegetables, trees and ornamentals. All that is necessary to be a Master Gardener is a commitment to learn about gardening and serve as a volunteer. No formal training is necessary.

How do I become a Master Gardener?  In the first year as you work toward becoming Certified Master Gardener, you must be committed to attending 40 hours of training and giving 40 hours of volunteer service as an Intern. You will receive thorough training in the areas of botany, soils, insects, diseases, landscape plants, vegetables, fruit, lawns, flowers and landscape design. Upon completion of the training and achieving a passing score on a written, take-home exam, you will begin a 40 hour Internship. You will be encouraged, supported and mentored throughout the process, joining the ranks of Dare County’s Certified Master Gardeners in a graduation celebration surrounded by your fellow Master Gardeners!  Master Gardener training will:

  • increase your knowledge of horticulture,
  • give you the skills to help people with their gardening problems,
  • provide a meaningful way for you to contribute to your community,
  • increase your confidence, and
  • introduce you to a whole new group of folks that share your love of gardening, plants, and volunteering!