Become a Master Gardener

Working hard in the demonstration garden. Photo by Mary Knieram.
What Are Extension Master Gardener Volunteers?

The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program began in North Carolina in 1979, and has grown to 88 programs in counties across our state. Extension Master Gardeners Volunteers are trained to help connect North Carolinians with the vast reservoir of horticultural knowledge and research developed at North Carolina A&T University and NC State University. Durham County Extension has nearly 100 volunteers in the Extension Master Gardener program. They help Durham residents learn more about a myriad of gardening topics, answer questions, conduct demonstrations and workshops, and help maintain Durham’s community garden at Briggs Avenue.

Once interns have completed their initial training, Extension Master Gardeners volunteer 40 hours of their time to the community every year. Beyond their initial training experience, they are able to attend lectures and workshops offered by state and national experts.

How To Apply

The Durham County Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteer program conducts a 15-week training program once every two years. The next program will be conducted August – December 2021. Classes are held once a week, on Thursdays, from 9:00-12:30 at the Durham County Extension Office, 721 Foster Street, or online as necessary. In order to apply to the program you must:

1. Attend one information session (dates listed below).

2. Submit your application and soil sample by May 17, 2021.

3. If you are selected, pay the $120 registration fee by July 14, 2021.

The fee covers training materials.

Info Sessions

To begin the process, attend one required information session conducted at the Durham County Extension office at 721 Foster Street. Please note, meeting method may be changed according to restrictions at the time.

  • Tuesday, April 20, 2-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 22, 10-11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 28, 6-7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 30, 3-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 4, 10-11 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 6, 6-7 p.m.

To register for an upcoming session, call 919-560-0528 or email Pana Jones at We hope to see you there!

5 thoughts on “Become a Master Gardener

  1. Kelly

    What is the time commitment involved for the 15 week course? Is it possible to do while working full time, or are classes during a typical workday? How many times a week? Thank you!

    1. Hi Kelly – The class meets one weekday morning for 3-4 hours. I just received word that the 2021 training has been pushed back to Fall 2021. If you are at all interested, call 919-560-0528 to put your name and email on the list to receive info as it becomes available. If you have anymore questions, call the number above. Comments to the blog are not monitored.

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    1. Please contact the Master Gardener office at (919) 560-0528 and ask to be added to the Master Gardener Training Class mailing list. You will be contacted when informational meetings begin, in late summer/fall 2018. Announcements will also be made on the blog and in other media outlets. Thank you for your interest.

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