2020 UConn Extension Master Gardener Program Application


The UConn Extension Master Gardener program is a service-oriented program developed to help Extension educators assist non-commercial gardeners. This program has a strong focus on volunteerism and educational outreach and enhances UConn’s horticultural education offerings statewide.


Students enrolled in this program receive training in an extensive range of horticultural and environmental topics, including botany, plant pathology, entomology, integrated pest management (IPM), herbaceous and woody ornamentals, edibles, turfgrass, invasive plants, and diagnostic techniques for the home gardener.


Following the formal classroom instruction, Master Gardener interns receive hands-on training in the UConn Extension offices or the Bartlett Arboretum; they are supervised in researching a broad range of horticultural concerns, including identifying insects and plants, diagnosing plant diseases, and providing sound science-based cultural recommendations.  In addition, interns engage in a wide range of community outreach projects. Examples include community gardens, horticultural therapy, educational booths for programs ranging from Earth Day celebrations to county fairs, and working with the CT Invasive Plant Working Group, just to name a few.


  • 100+ class hours. Classroom training includes approximately three hours of on-line material as well as one half-day per week for 16 weeks, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, January – April 2019 at one of five locations around the state. The Vernon class is on Saturday morning, meeting from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Saturdays.
  • 60 hours of in-service and outreach training at one of nine locations (County Extension Offices or the Bartlett Arboretum)


  • Subject quizzes and graded mid-term exam
  • Tree/Shrub/Vine identification and research project due by the end of August 2020
  • Attendance at one of five summer diagnostic sessions
  • Final diagnostic exam at the end of in-service training
  • Final essay due at the end of September 2020


  • A minimum of 30 in-office hours in the Master Gardener office at a UConn Extension Center or the Bartlett Arboretum during weekday business hours working with the public answering horticultural questions and researching gardening problems. This work will be under the supervision of a Master Gardener coordinator or volunteer mentor.
  • 30 hours approved educational outreach and/or community project(s).
  • All 60 hours must be completed by the end of September 2020.



Mondays Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford
Coordinator: Patricia Carroll (203) 322-6971 ext. 18, patricia.carroll@uconn.edu
Location and Directions: mastergardener.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/703/2019/10/DirectionstoBAG.pdf
Tuesdays New London County Extension Office, Norwich
Location and Directions: extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/newLondon.php
Wednesdays Litchfield County Extension Office, Torrington
Location and Directions: extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/litchfield.php
Thursdays Edgerton Park Carriage House, New Haven
Location and Directions: www.edgertonpark.org/directions.html
SATURDAYS Tolland County Extension Office, Vernon
  • Tolland County – Jean Madden-Hennessey (860) 870-6934,


Location and Directions: extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/tolland.php


Apply online

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