The program started at Washington State University in 1973. The name “Master Gardener” came from the German word “Gartenmeister,” which roughly translated means “Master Gardener.” The originators of the program had worked in Germany and learned that Germans bestow titles for hard ‐ earned proficiency levels in various crafts.
The New Hampshire program started in 1993. Master Gardeners are trained volunteers, who share their enthusiasm for gardening with the general public. By serving as a volunteer educators in their community, Master Gardeners help UNH Cooperative Extension programs reach more people.
Due to limited staff resources, requests for Master Gardeners are not being accepted at this time. Previously scheduled projects will not be affected by this temporary cessation. Please check back in summer, 2018 for an update.