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Become a Master Gardener Volunteer! You don’t have to be a gardening expert to apply! In fact, the only requirement is that you have an interest in learning about gardening and to share what you learn with others.

What is a Master Gardener? Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who provide educational assistance and programming 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.

How do I apply to the Dare County Master Gardener Program? Applications are accepted all year, with a deadline for the current year’s class on January 31st. Review of applications and interviews of candidates will take place in February with classes beginning in March.

Click here to get your EMGV Application for theDare County Master Gardener Program. 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 also email your application to Amy Jordan aljorda4@ncsu.edu. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2023. 

Is there a fee?  The cost for the program is $150 per person, which is due once you have been accepted into the program.

How do I become a Master Gardener? Becoming a Master Gardener is a two-part process, first training and then a volunteer internship. Training is held every other year (2021, 2023, 2025) and begins in the Spring. Forty hours of training are required and learning sessions include lectures, hands-on activities, field trips, and guest speakers.

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 volunteer internship that must be completed by November. 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.

Click here to get your EMGV Application for the Dare County Master Gardener Program. Apply today!

Core Values of the Extension Master Gardener℠ Program of Dare County

Respect     Collaboration   Responsibility    Fun

We Welcome All.

We value diversity in our volunteers, gardens, and communities.

We respect each individual’s experiences, needs, and learning style.

We nurture a culture of mutual respect, professionalism, and appreciation.

We work together.

We strengthen our impact by collaborating with community partners.

We seek perspectives from all parts of the community.

We transfer knowledge from the land-grant university system to our communities

We make a difference.

We connect people with the benefits of gardening through science-based information.

We recommend practical solutions that protect and enhance our environment.

We are lifelong learners who serve, grow, and have fun.

We strive to be the trusted source of science-based information that empowers North Carolinians to cultivate healthy plants, landscapes, ecosystems, and communities. Connecting people to horticulture through science-based education and outreach.