Master Gardeners are active volunteers for the University of Arizona’s Cooperative Extension. We provide outreach and education to communities throughout Maricopa County. Master Gardener volunteers help bring the University’s science-based information on plants, gardens and landscapes to the public.
What do Master Gardeners do?
Examples of volunteer activities:
Public speaking and education about plants, gardens and landscapes
Offering “Ask A Master Gardener” information at events and garden shows
Staffing the Plant Help Desk to answer plant questions from the public
Providing horticultural advice to community and demonstration gardens
Mentoring Master Gardeners in training
Helping maintain the demonstration garden and landscape at the Cooperative Extension Office
Serving on committees and projects which support the Master Gardener Program
How do I become a Master Gardener volunteer?
Trainees complete a 17-week Training Course and 50 volunteer hours to certify as Maricopa County Master Gardeners.
We also offer a Home Horticulture Course based on the same curriculum, but without a volunteering component. Completion of the Home Horticulture Course provides a certificate of completion but does not lead to becoming a Master Gardener.