About the Master Gardeners

Master Gardener Program - Learning and Growing

New Jersey Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension in its mission to deliver horticulture programs and information to the general public. Anyone with an interest in gardening and commitment to volunteer service can become a Master Gardener. No previous education or training in horticulture is required. Since 1988, when it graduated its first class, Union County's Master Gardener Program has trained hundreds of men and women through a diverse curriculum, including:

Union County's Master Gardeners contribute thousands of volunteer hours annually - 7200+ last year alone - running the Helpline, staffing information booths at fairs and gardening events, conducting highly respected horticultural therapy programs, educating the public through its evening lecture series, Speakers Bureau and Demonstration Gardens at Trailside Nature center in the Watchung Mountain Reserve, and enhancing the beauty of our local environment through a broad array of community beautification projects. By completing the Master Gardener program, participants also join a statewide network of Master Gardeners, with continued access to opportunities to broaden their training and horticultural experiences. If you haven't yet made it to our annual Spring Garden Fair & Plant sale at the Master Gardeners Demonstration Gardens at Trailside Nature Center, make the date on your calendar. It's the Sunday after Mother's Day, rain or shine! Free lectures... children's activities... plant and insect clinic. . . mouth watering baked goods... and a dazzling array of plants and nature crafts at tempting prices.

How You Can Become a Master Gardener

This program is open to all county residents without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital or family status. 


The 2014-2015 Master Gardener Course Application will be available in May. Please check back with us then, or visit us at the Master Gardeners Spring Fair on May 18. Click HERE for more information