Master Gardener volunteers help extend gardening knowledge into the community.

Master Gardener volunteers help extend gardening knowledge into the community.

Master Gardener Exhibit at the 2017 Columbia County Fair

Master Gardener Exhibit at the 2017 Columbia County Fair

Some Master Gardeners (and helpers) at a recent Holiday Wreath workshop in Acra
Image by Jean Thomas

Some Master Gardeners (and helpers) at a recent Holiday Wreath workshop in Acra

Master Gardener Volunteers

Master Gardener Volunteers

Master Gardener Volunteers visiting Olana

Master Gardener Volunteers visiting Olana

Master Gardener Volunteers

The Master Gardener Program is a national program of trained volunteers who work in partnership with their county Cooperative Extension office to expand educational outreach throughout the community by providing home gardeners with research-based information. Master Gardeners assist with gardening projects in the community, teach classes and workshops, provide information and soil pH testing at events, and answer gardening questions from callers.

In Columbia and Greene Counties, Master Gardener volunteers are an integral component of the counties' outreach program in educating:

  • Home gardeners
  • 4-H Clubs
  • Youth in after-school programs
  • Community gardeners
  • Gardening clubs and other groups

Projects and functions carried out by Master Gardeners are based on educational priorities. Some of the ways in which Master Gardeners have been involved include:

  • Answering horticultural inquiries on the telephone
  • Researching and answering letters
  • Writing articles about gardening
  • Setting up demonstration projects in public places
  • School gardens
  • Community improvement projects
  • Horticultural therapy
  • Organizing plant sales and public events
  • County fair informational booths
  • Increasing awareness and education of integrated pest management, invasive species, water quality conservation and other environmental issues

Last updated December 13, 2017