How Can I Become a Master Gardener?
Become a Master Gardener
The 2023 Delaware Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Statewide Training Program, for residents living in New Castle, Kent or Sussex counties is being developed.
Training is typically held held twice weekly, on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. in the fall beginning in September. 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 2023 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, 2024
Applications will be accepted until late May. 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 a set date in June, to enroll in the training. Candidates who do not present completed background checks will not be considered.
Applicants will be notified by Mid July (by telephone, if possible) whether they will be seated for the class of 2023. All applicants are encouraged to attend an open house event which will be offered via Zoom in early June 2023. 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