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Extension Master Gardener Program

Our next EMGV Training will be held in September 2021.

Due to continued Covid-19 restrictions, we have made the tough decision to move our EMGV training from Spring to Fall. We are hopeful that by Fall will be able to gather indoors however if that is still not the case, we will plan to utilize the many wonderful outdoor spaces Dare County has to offer as alternate classroom space.

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 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. New Deadline due to Covid is July 1st. Review of applications and interviews of candidates will take place in August. Classes begin in September.

Click here to get your EMGV Application for the Dare 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 Office hours are 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Deadline for applications is July 1, 2021.

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) 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 in 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!