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Connecting people to horticulture through science-based education and outreach.


With 20 new students this year, we will have about 100 active Extension Master Gardener Volunteers as of 2024. Looking into the 2024 season of programming, we will not have the traditional Guilford Gardener and Extension Master Gardener training program next year. Instead, the Consumer Horticulture department will host a series of seminars and workshops with many different topics, including pruning, fruit tree management, turfgrass, bees & pollinators, and wildlife. Look out for more info after January 1st for program updates.

Those looking to pursue the Master Gardener volunteer program in 2025 are welcome to take the 2024 workshops & seminars, though they will not count as classes or hours for the program.

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener℠ volunteer? Want to give back to your community and help other gardeners succeed? Master Gardener℠ volunteers are an essential component of NC State Extension and assist local county horticulture agents in various aspects of home horticulture: from answering gardening questions to becoming involved with and teaching in school and community gardens. Volunteers are involved in a wide variety of activities throughout Guilford County and receive ongoing advanced training programs year-round.

Core Values of the Extension Master Gardener℠ program of Guilford County

Respect    Collaboration    Responsibility    Fun

We Welcome All.

  • We value diversity in our volunteers, gardens, and communities.
  • We respect each individual’s experiences, needs, and learning style.
  • We nurture a culture of mutual respect, professionalism, and appreciation.

We work together.

  • We strengthen our impact by collaborating with community partners.
  • We seek perspectives from all parts of the community.
  • We transfer knowledge from the land-grant university system to our communities.

We make a difference.

  • We connect people with the benefits of gardening through science-based information.
  • We recommend practical solutions that protect and enhance our environment.
  • We are lifelong learners who serve, grow, and have fun.

We strive to be the trusted source of science-based information that empowers North Carolinians to cultivate healthy plants, landscapes, ecosystems, and communities.

The NC State Extension Master Gardener℠ program is a not-for-profit educational program designed to enhance public education in consumer horticulture through the utilization of a supervised volunteer staff trained by Extension faculty and staff. It provides a highly visible way to meet the public demand for horticulture information and provides a strong Extension volunteer staff. In the first year, participants are required to get a minimum of 45 hours of education that comes in the form of classes taught by Extension.

Also in that first year, participants are required to provide 50 hours of volunteer service in specific, approved areas. In subsequent years, volunteers are required to fulfill a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of education annually.

If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer call our office at (336) 641-2401. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Guilford County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program Requirements