How Can I Become a Master Gardener?

Delaware MG Class of 2019

Become a Master Gardener

The 2021 Delaware Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Statewide Training Program, for residents living in New Castle, Kent or Sussex counties, will be held Monday, September 8 through Monday, November 22, 2021. Classes are held twice weekly, on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9 a.m.to 12:30 p.m.  Most classes will be held via Zoom. Some training sessions will require travel to other locations within the three counties. 

As a member of the 2021 Delaware Master Gardener training class, you are expected to:

  • Complete the course of study
  • Volunteer 40 hours 
  • Gain an additional 5 hours of advanced training by November 1, 2022

Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 22, 2021. The training fee, if you are accepted into the training class, is $150.00. Selected applicants will be notified by the County Coordinator and will be required to confirm their acceptance, pay the training fee, and successfully complete a background check by Friday, June 25, 2021, to enroll in the training. Candidates who do not present completed background checks by June 25 will not be considered. 

Applicants will be notified by Friday, July 16, 2021 (by telephone, if possible) whether they will be seated for the class of 2021. All applicants are encouraged to attend an open house event which will be offered via Zoom in early June 2021. Additional details will be provided to the applicants at the end of May. If you are unable to attend this orientation event, please notify your County Coordinator.

Kent County: Megan Pleasanton, DSU mpleasanton [at] desu.edu, 302.242.5692 Kent County Application

New Castle County: Carrie Murphy, UD cjmurphy [at] udel.edu, 302.832.1425 New Castle County Application

Sussex County: Tracy Wootten, UD wootten [at] udel.edu, 302.236.0298  Sussex County Application