Become a Master Gardener

Helping Others Learn to Grow

The Master Gardener Program is a cooperative effort between community volunteers and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension staff to provide unbiased horticultural information to the residents of Barnstable County. Working with Master Gardener volunteers, Extension can expand its ability to provide quality information to the residents of Barnstable County through an array of horticultural programs.

Master Gardeners are adults of all ages who love gardening and who have previous gardening experience. They come from all walks of life and are willing to learn about horticulture and share that research-based information with others!

Click here to view the Master Gardener Brochure.

Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Horticulture Clinic

2022 Class Application
Deadline October 1, 2021

Program Overview
Application

Becoming A Master Gardener

Master Gardener Program Overview (pdf)

Applications for the 2022 Class (deadline October 1, 2021)

Candidates for the program will be chosen through an interview process from the pool of applicants. Once selected the candidates will participate in a training program that will prepare them in becoming Master Gardeners. Upon graduating from the program the candidates will then be required to give back to the program in volunteer hours (largely spent on the plant clinic and hotline).

Master Gardener Programs Include:

  • Plant Clinic & Hotline
  • Backyard Horticulture
  • Children’s Gardens
  • Continuing Ed Conference
  • Demonstration Garden
  • Master Gardener Scholarship
  • Annual Plant Sale
  • Soil Test Clinics
  • Speakers Bureau

Ask a Master Gardener

Click here for the Master Gardener Speakers Bureau brochure and comprehensive list of topics.

To make a request for a speaker to speak to your organization or group, please fill out the information on the form by clicking on the link below.

Click here to request a speaker from the Speakers Bureau

The Master Gardener’s information table is where we answer gardening questions and have handouts available on various current horticultural topics.

The Master Gardener’s may participate at community events where our Horticultural message can be an integral part of the event theme. We reserve the right to cancel within one week of the event if staffing by the Master Gardeners is not available.

Click here to request a Master Gardener

NOTE: REQUESTS MUST BE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE MONTH PRIOR TO EVENT.

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History

The Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod was established in 1993 and is a non-profit (501c3) organization run by a Board of Directors.  On Cape Cod, the Master Gardener Program is a cooperative effort between community volunteers and the Extension staff to provide unbiased horticultural information to the residents of Barnstable County. The efforts of the Master Gardeners increase the ability for Cooperative Extension to reach a greater number of people using the expertise gained during training. The Master Gardeners “Help Others Learn to Grow” by engaging in a number of programs, including the Horticulture Clinic and Hotline, the Demonstration Garden, the Children’s Garden and many others.

In 1972, a Cooperative Extension Agent in Washington State, inundated with questions from home gardeners, decided to train a group of volunteers to help him handle the outreach of information. This was the beginning of the Master Gardener Program and the idea rapidly spread across the country. The Cooperative Extension soon maintained Master Gardener programs in all 50 states.

The University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension ran the Master Gardener Program in Massachusetts until 1989. At that time, the loss of county based Extension personnel throughout much of Massachusetts resulted in the termination of the University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program. However, support for Extension in Barnstable County still existed and the county Extension office remained. Roberta Clark, Barnstable County Extension Educator, and a group of Master Gardeners organized Cape Cod’s first Master Gardener Class in 1990. The Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod maintains a strong relationship with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. That relationship is served by the Horticulture Extension Educator who advises the Association in continuing its mission to assist the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in meeting the horticultural needs of Cape Cod’s population.

Native Plant Sale

This year marks the sixth annual native plant sale operated by Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. The plant sale is typically offered in the spring. However, this year the native plant sale will occur in the fall. Keep an eye out for the complete brochure which will be available in early June. Notice of the sale will go out via email as well.

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