UGA Extension Office

Become a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer

Is becoming a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer for you?
Ask yourself these questions:


  • Do I want to learn more about plants, growing things, and gardening?
  • Am I eager to participate in a practical and intensive training program?
  • Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community?
  • Do I have enough time to attend the training & complete my volunteer work?

Thank you for your interest in our Master Gardener Volunteer Training program.   The next training is  planned for winter 2019 beginning on February 4 and ending on March 18.  Classes will meet each Monday and Thursday at the Bartow County Extension Office in Cartersville from 9 am  until  3 pm. The fee for the training is $200 and will be due after you have been accepted into the training-Likely in early January. Applicants should mark their calendars to interviews during the week of November 26-30.

You can download the application here:  2019 Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Training Application

Applications are due to the Paulding County Extension Office by 5 pm on Friday November 9.  

To be sent announcements about Master Gardener Extension Volunteer programs and be alerted when applications for future trainings are available, please sign up to receive our Homeowner Bulldog Bytes Newsletter.

Or, contact us at 770-443-7616 to request an application by mail.

In the meantime, join us for our monthly Master Gardener programs.  They are free and open to the public:. Master Gardener Programs.

  • The purpose of the Georgia Master Gardener® program is to assist Cooperative Extension by training Master Gardener Volunteers to provide current horticultural information through community service and educational gardening projects using applied research and the resources of the University of Georgia.
  • If there is a Master Gardener Volunteer Program in your area, you can obtain an application through your local County Extension Office. The only requirement is that you have an interest in some aspect of gardening education and, at the conclusion of training, are willing to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours of service to the county Extension program.
  • Acceptance of applicants is based upon local county program needs. Upon acceptance, applicants are notified of the location and time that classes will take place. A reduced fee is charged in exchange for volunteer service to a county Extension program. To graduate, class attendance is required and you must pass a mid-term and final exam.

The Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program is coordinated in each county by an Extension agent, and each applicant is responsible to him/her for all classes, volunteer work, etc. Master Gardener Extension Volunteers promote, inform, and work with local communities by:


Answering gardening questions at county fairs, garden centers, flower shows, libraries, farmer's markets, garden centers, and in the Extension office.

  • Designing & installing community landscape & beautification projects.
  • Identifying plant cultural problems, insects, & diseases for homeowners.
  • Teaching communities how to conserve & enjoy their natural resources.
  • Educating others about gardening through local seminars.


Download: Georgia Master Gardener Brochure