Recruiting Master Gardeners

Master Gardener Program

A new  Master Gardener Training Program will begin in October 2017 and we are currently accepting participants who would like to enroll. The Master Gardener Training Program has two components. The first is 15 training classes in various areas of horticulture including but not limited to soils, woody plants, annuals and perennials, vegetables, tree fruit and small fruit, Entomology, plant pathology, pruning, plant propagation and more. The topics are presented in a straightforward and user-friendly way. It is more important that you understand and can explain basic horticultural concepts rather than worry about memorizing botanical names or chemical formulas. When you complete the classes, you have the option of becoming a certified Master Gardener Volunteer. This requires donating a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer time in efforts such as helping advise community garden participants, other beautification efforts or assisting here at Cornell Cooperative Extension.

CCE Horticulturist John Farfaglia will have more information for participants on the volunteer aspect of the program and frequently asked questions at the first meeting on October 25th. You can also email him at or by calling CCE at 433-8839. 

Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings starting at 6:30pm. Most classes should finish by 8:00-8:30pm. The cost for the program which includes classes, outlines and other handouts is $280. Checks can be made payable to CCE Niagara County and brought to the first class, or mailed to CCE Niagara, 4487 Lake Ave. Lockport NY 14094 Attn: Master Gardener Training.

2017-2018 Master Gardener Training Program Schedule

10/25- Woody Plants and Tree Identification
11/01- Soils/Soil Testing
11/08- Pruning Trees and Shrubs
11/15- Container Gardening/Gardening in Small Spaces
11/29- Introductions to Insects
12/06- Plant Diseases
12/20-Invasive Plants and Pests
1/10- Beneficial Insects/Attracting Pollinators
1/17- Annual Flowers
1/24- Perennial Flowers
1/31- Selection and Care of Houseplants
2/07-Vegetable Gardening
2/14-Organic Gardening Basics
2/28- Snow date if needed
3/07-Snow date if needed

Last updated September 12, 2017