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Become a Master Gardener!

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 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.

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 takes place each February. Classes begin in March. Click here to get your EMG Application for the Dare County Master Gardener Program. 

Applications may be mailed or brought to the NC Cooperative Extension office at 517 Budleigh Street, P.O.Box 968, Manteo, NC 27954. You may also email your application to Shannon Brooks at sebrooks@ncsu.edu. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Deadline for applications is January 31st.

Is there a fee?  The cost for the program is $125 per person, which is due once your 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 (2019, 2021) and begins in March. 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 EMG Application for the Dare County Master Gardener Program. Apply today!