About the Master Gardener Program

The UConn Extension Master Gardener Program is an Educational Outreach Program that is part of UConn Extension. The program started in 1978 and consists of horticulture training and an outreach component that focus on the community at large. Master Gardeners are enthusiastic, willing to learn and share their knowledge and training with others. What sets them apart from other home gardeners is their special horticultural training. In exchange for this training, Master Gardeners commit time as volunteers working through their local UConn Extension Center and the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford to provide horticultural-related information to the community.

The UConn Extension Master Gardener program is addressing three of the strategic initiatives in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR). We are ensuring sustainable agriculture and food systems by helping people grow their own fruits and vegetables. This, along with our ornamental horticulture outreach education helps foster sustainable landscapes. All gardening efforts also enhance human and environmental health and well-being.

The UConn Extension Master Gardener Program begins every January. Become a Master Gardener.

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