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Wake County

How to become an Extension Master Gardener for Wake County

The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer training is held every other even year, with the application deadline of April 15th. Classes start in September and meet every Thursday for 3.5 hours through January of the following year. See link below to get the application.
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, Wake County Center, Extension Master Gardener Program is designed to enhance public education in consumer horticulture and related environmental concerns. The Extension Master Gardener program equips the Wake County Center with a highly visible way to meet the demand for information of an ever-increasing gardening audience.

How to become an Extension Master Gardener for Wake County

Submit an Application
Each Extension Master Gardener Program is tailored to the needs of the county in which it is located. For more information and an application: application or for Wake County contact: or call 919.250.1084.
Interviews will start in May. The class will be Thursday mornings from 9 am to 12:30 pm. Cost is about $125, and there are only 35 openings. Typically there are more applicants than there are spaces for in the class. If you are interested be sure to submit your application by April 15. Send it to our agent, Jeana Myers, at 4001-E Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610-2914.

Initial Volunteer Training
Interns must complete the classroom instruction, exams and hands-on training by the end of the training period.

Classes are taught by Extension staff, local experts, and Extension Master Gardener volunteers. Topics include: annuals; perennials; fruits; vegetables; lawns; shrubs; trees; insects; diseases; weeds; soils; plant nutrition; and water conservation. A training manual is included in the tuition fee.

Interns must volunteer a minimum of 40 hours by the end of the initial year of training. This includes 20 hours answering phones in the Extension Master Gardener Office. They must also attend a minimum of 4 monthly Master Gardener meetings during that same year.

Once the internship has been completed the volunteer is eligible to become a Certified Extension Master Gardener.

In order to remain active in the program, the volunteer must meet re-certification requirements annually. These vary by county. Wake County requires a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service and attendance of a minimum of 4 monthly meetings each year.

Extension Master Gardeners:
- represent NC Cooperative Extension.
- promote the research-based recommendations of Cooperative Extension.
- may only use title Extension Master Gardener when engaged in Extension sponsored activities.

Under the guidance of our County Extension Horticulture agent, Extension Master Gardener volunteers complete a rigorous training program, pass an examination and complete a 40 hour internship. Once certified we still contribute 40 hours minimum per year, and attend at least four monthly meetings where we have excellent speakers who provide continuing education.
-- Carole Johnson