Educational Requirement
The MGVP’s educational component provides an overview of major horticulture subjects in a classroom setting. Master Gardener Volunteer trainees attend a series of classes that address a minimum of 12 topics that are presented in an 800-page Master Gardener Volunteer manual.
Topics covered in the 12 basic class sessions are:

  • Introduction & Volunteerism
  • Plant Science
  • Soils for Plant Growth
  • Flower Gardening
  • Woody Ornamentals
  • Lawn Care
  • Vegetable Culture
  • Small Fruit Culture
  • Tree Fruit Culture
  • Plant Health Care
  • Indoor Plants
  • Household Pests

Volunteer Commitment

The Master Gardener trainee’s commitment to volunteering is just as important (if not more so) than the educational component of the course. Trainees have the chance to educate and inspire others in their communities through horticulture activities. Volunteer tasks may include everything from designing an elementary school garden with children, to creating a horticulture therapy program at a senior center, to helping a neighborhood beautification team with site and plant selection.