What Is the Extension Master Gardener Program in Lee County?

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Extension Master Gardener Volunteers work with NC Cooperative Extension to provide gardeners with unbiased, research-based information on gardens, lawns, and landscapes. The Extension Master Gardener program trains volunteers to be effective community educators in gardening and environmental stewardship.

Extension Master Gardener volunteers teach local community members how to manage their gardens and landscapes in a science-based, sustainable manner. They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and help others. What sets these volunteers apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture and their willingness to educate others.

Through their service Extension Master Gardeners use their training to educate about environmental and social priorities such as water conservation and water quality protection; reduce the impact of invasive species; and, increase public awareness of healthy living through gardening. Examples of volunteer service include:

  • diagnose plant, insect, and disease problems
  • staff plant clinics and educational exhibits
  • design a demonstration or community garden
  • lecture on various gardening topics
  • bring the joy of gardening to citizens and young children

The Master Gardener program is open to anyone 18 or older, with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on Lee County. To help you decide if you should apply to become an Extension Master Gardener volunteer, ask yourself these questions:

Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community?

Do I have enough time to attend training sessions and to serve as a volunteer?

Do I want to learn more about growing many types of plants?

Am I eager to participate in a practical and intense training program?

No previous training is necessary to become an Extension Master Gardener volunteer, just a desire to volunteer in our community and a passion for gardening. Under the guidance of Extension Agents, volunteers complete a 40-hour training program, pass an examination, and complete a 40-hour internship. To remain active in the program volunteers must perform a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer outreach service and 10 hours of continuing education each year.

Attend one of our free upcoming information sessions to learn what it means to be an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer and how to become one in Lee County.

Wednesday, January 24 from 6-7 p.m.

Jones Chapel Methodist Church  – 89 Jones Chapel Road, Sanford, NC 27330

Thursday, January 25 from 10-11 a.m.

San Lee Park – 572 Pumping Station Rd, Sanford, NC 27330

Saturday, January 27 from 10-11 a.m.

Jones Chapel Methodist Church  – 89 Jones Chapel Road, Sanford, 27330

Friday, February 2 from  6-7 p.m.

McSwain Ag Education Center – 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford, NC 27332

Tuesday, February 6 from 10-11 a.m.

McSwain Ag Education Center – 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford, NC 27332

Saturday, February 10 from 10-11 a.m.

McSwain Ag Education Center – 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford, NC 27332

Please contact the NC Cooperative Extension Center -Lee County at 919-775-5624 or email me at minda_daughtry@ncsu.edu for more information.