Now Accepting 2020 Extension Master Gardener Program Applications

Posted On August 8, 2019— Written By and last updated by

HENDERSONVILLE: The N.C. Cooperative Extension in Henderson County is accepting applications for its 2020 Extension Master Gardener℠ program of Henderson County through Nov. 12, 2019. You can download the application, or pick one up in person at the office, 100 Jackson Park Road in Hendersonville. Candidates can also request an emailed form by calling 828-697-4891 or by emailing steve_pettis@ncsu.edu. The training fee is $135.00, and class size is limited.

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Master Gardener volunteers of Henderson County educate the public about gardening and represent NC State University.

The program’s educational component includes a required 12-week class typically offered on Wednesday mornings from mid-January through early April. Topics include general botany; soils and fertilizers; annuals, perennials and woody ornamentals; trees; and plant diseases.

Students also give 40 hours of volunteer service for the remainder of their first year. Once certified as a Master Gardener, each must volunteer 25 hours per year on approved projects, and continue their horticulture education through occasional part-day classes.

The Extension Master Gardener program of Henderson County is one of the most popular initiatives provided by the N.C. Cooperative Extension program. Many community members know they can rely on Master Gardeners for accurate, research-based information. Just as many are curious about the program itself, perhaps wondering if they, too, can become a “master.” Now is their chance.