What Kind of Training Do Master Gardeners Receive?

Photo: Monmouth County plant walk.

New Jersey Master Gardeners receive in-depth, hands-on training in horticulture from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey faculty and professional staff. Some basic topics include plant biology, propagation, soil science, and disease and pest control. There is a fee to cover material and program costs. (Scholarships are available.) In exchange for the training, Master Gardeners agree to volunteer a certain number of hours, working in their community in programs sponsored by Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension. Successful graduates of the training become Certified Master Gardeners after they complete their volunteer service.

If you are interesting in becoming a Rutgers Master Gardener, please contact your Rutgers Cooperative Extension county office.


  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences