Anyone with an interest in gardening and a commitment to volunteer service can become a Master Gardener.  No previous education or training in horticulture is required.

Do you enjoy gardening and would you like to improve your horticultural knowledge and skills? If so, consider becoming a Master Gardener through Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Sussex County.

Earn the distinctive title of Master Gardener and you will join the ranks of thousands of others throughout New Jersey. Certification is achieved by completion of a rigorous, science-based training program and 60 hours of volunteer service where you assist Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Sussex County in addressing horticultural and environmental issues in Sussex County.

Early application is recommended as space is limited.  Download an application. There is a $250 registration fee that covers the training materials.  The annual requirements to maintain Master Gardener certification are 25 hours of volunteer time in sponsored projects and 10 hours of continuing education in approved programs.  There are no dues or other costs to members.

State Core Curriculum

  1. Rutgers, NJAES and Cooperative Extension Master Gardner Program Overview
  2. Botany
  3. Plant Identification
  4. Soils and Fertilizers
  5. Basic EntomologyPlant Pathology
  6. Integrated Pest Management
  7. Tree and Small Fruits
  8. Vegetable and Flower Gardening
  9. Turf and Weed Management
  10. Shade Trees and Woody Ornamentals
  11. Conifers and Broadleaved Evergreens
  12. Household and Structural Pests
  13. Composting
  14. Principles of Pruning and Maintenance
  15. Animal Damage Control/Wildlife Management
  16. Pesticide Safety and Use
  17. Volunteerism - Successfully Serving the Public an RCE
  18. Specific County program topics