Would you like to improve your horticultural knowledge and skills? If so, consider becoming a Master Gardener through Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Camden County.
Rutgers 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.) Successful graduates become Certified Rutgers Master Gardeners after they complete their volunteer service.
The training program begins in February and runs through April. The classes meet on
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 am until 12 noon. Ample scientific reference and course
materials are provided.
After graduation, there is a volunteer commitment of 60 hours: 40 hours must be completed by assisting on the Master Gardener helpline and 20 hours of assisting with community service projects and/or helpline. There are many projects available to help the interns (recent course graduates) obtain the required hours. Interns are given 18 months after the final course exam to complete the requirement. Each year thereafter, Master Gardeners are required to complete 25 hours of helpline and/or community service and 10 hours of continuing horticultural education.
Benefits of becoming a Master Gardner
Strengthen and expand existing knowledge
Increase garden success
Offer a hobby that is fun and productive
Help the general public understand how to reduce environmental pollution
Meet and associate with people who have the same interests
Have access to a large, updated resource of horticultural* information
Provide lifelong learning opportunities
Help dispel misconceptions of gardening
Create opportunities to give something back to the community.
Interested? Click for an application. Print and complete, and then mail to the Master Gardeners along with your check.