Maricopa County Master Gardener Training
The Master Gardener Volunteer training is provided twice a year, with one course starting in January and the other in July.
Session: Fall 2021
Pre-Course Orientation: June 28, 2021
Class Dates: July 9th to October 29th, 2021
Applications Available: April 2 to May 21, 2021
Notification of Acceptance: June 12, 2021
Tuition: $275.00 payment in full due by June 12, 2021
Location: Course location is online anywhere with an internet connection, usually in the convenience of the home
A computer or tablet and internet service is required for this online course.
Who Should Apply to be a Maricopa County Master Gardener Volunteer?
Anyone with an interest in environmentally responsible landscaping and gardening in the low desert AND a desire to teach those principles and skills in their community from research-based materials is a candidate for the Master Gardener program.
Acceptance into the Course
There are routinely more qualified applicants for the program than available positions. Many successful applicants have applied more than once.
- Selection is not based on your application date, but rather a demonstrated willingness to volunteer in the community.
- Agreement to uphold the program mission, its policies, and participation in the University of Arizona's Designated Campus Colleague (DCC) system are all required for acceptance into the program.
Asynchronous Course Format:
Using University of Arizona’s education resources, the Master Gardener Training Course is delivered through Desire 2 Learn, an online classroom.
- Students engage in the training from their home assisted by University of Arizona staff and Master Gardener Volunteers.
- A weekly live Zoom meeting will provide opportunity for questions and personal interaction. Trainees will be organized into small groups to create meaningful online interaction preparing them for volunteering in their community.
- The University of Arizona’s research-based training material will give students a rich educational experience in home gardening and landscaping.
Course and Weekly Time Requirements:
- 6 hours approximately of weekly study time, reading and videos, at the convenience of your schedule.
- 1 hour weekly live Zoom meetings with your assigned small group and Master Gardener Mentor.
- 20 hours of volunteer service over the course.
Master Gardener Training classes are taught by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension faculty, industry professionals and other horticulture experts. Students will learn the fundamentals of selecting, installing, and maintaining healthy, appropriate landscapes and gardens for the Arizona low desert. The course fee covers the books and materials.
Class Topics Delivered Weekly
- Cacti and Succulents
- Desert-Adapted Plants
- Irrigation & Landscape Watering
- Landscape Design
- Pest Management
- Plant Problems Diagnosis
- Soils & Fertilizers
- Tree & Shrub Pruning
- Vegetable and Herbs
Graduation, Certification, and Continuing Requirements
To successfully complete the training program and graduate, participants must attend all classes with up to 3 missed and made-up classes, and perform 20 hours of volunteer service during the course.
To receive the title Certified Master Gardener, participants must complete the training program and earn an additional 30 hours of volunteer service within 1 year. A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are made available during training.
To maintain Certified Master Gardener status, a minimum of 25 volunteer hours and 12 continuing education hours are required per calendar year.
There are limited seats available in a non-certification audit course.
For answers to your questions, contact:
Virginia Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Senior email@example.com
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as sign language interpreter, by contacting the Master Gardener Program Coordinator, 602-827-8200. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.