Master Gardeners planting a native plants demonstration garden

Master Gardeners plant and maintain demonstration gardens at CCE Tompkins

Master Gardener volunteer conducts a pH soil test on a soil sample
Image by Sandy Repp

Master Gardener volunteers help extend gardening knowledge into the community.

MGV Training

Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) are gardeners who are trained to bring research-based gardening information to other community members. MGVs volunteer to teach classes and workshops, plant and maintain demonstration gardens, provide information and soil pH testing at events, answer gardening questions that come in to the GrowLine, our garden hotline, and work with partners on community gardening projects.

To become a Master Gardener Volunteer, one must successfully complete the training course, volunteer 100 hours within a 2-year period, and remain active by volunteering at least 30 hours each year after graduation.

Anyone who enjoys gardening, has a desire to share knowledge and skills, and who is willing to provide volunteer community service is encouraged to apply.


Margaret Royall
Master Gardener Volunteer Program Coordinator
(607) 272-2292 voicemail ext. 146

Last updated January 27, 2023