UNH Cooperative Extension typically holds a Master Gardener training twice a year. This course takes place once a week for 12-weeks. The class costs $250. After completing the in-class training, each trainee must complete a 55-hour internship, followed by a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer work each year.
Next Class: The spring class will run on twelve Thursdays from from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm on February 28-May 16 at NH Audubon's McLane Center in Concord, NH. If you are interested in applying please complete this form. If this location and schedule are not convenient but you would like to know about future trainings, submit your contact information and preferences by completing this survey.
The Master Gardener program trains people to assist home gardeners throughout the state with horticulture, conservation and homeowner questions. Master Gardeners may work at the UNH Cooperative Extension Infoline in Goffstown, answering questions by phone or online. A wide range of resources and support staff are available through the Infoline. Master Gardeners also provide education and assist with projects in their communities, including establishing school and community gardens. Master Gardeners may also participate in the Master Gardener Speakers Bureau and deliver presentations for community groups and organizations covering a variety of topics, such as seed-starting, composting and pest management in the garden.
The in-class training covers many topics, including botany, insects, invasive species, vegetable gardening, growing fruit, irrigation and tree identification; all topics of interest to homeowners throughout New Hampshire. Each participant has access to the Master Gardener online manual. Experts from around the state, including UNH Cooperative Extension Field Specialists, serve as instructors for the class. The class includes several field trips related to subjects such as tree and shrub identification, tree planting and pruning.
Nancy Johnson recently completed the fall 2017 training session. She says, “People in my class were from all walks of life, including a pilot, a fly-fishing guide, a retail employee and a semi-retired college professor. The one thing we all had in common was the desire to give back to our communities. Our interests and skills in gardening varied from planting a square-foot vegetable garden to establishing a small organic farm.”