We are neighbors teaching neighbors about landscapes, vegetables, fruits, herbs, houseplants, beneficial and harmful insects, plant diseases, integrated pest management (IPM), wildlife management, soils, birds, composting, water conservation, and much, much more!
The Master Gardeners are a dedicated group of volunteers in New York State who are trained by Cornell Cooperative Extension in the science and art of gardening. Every Master Gardener has received 120 hours of research-based instruction from Cornell Cooperative Extension. We continue to be educated on the latest developments in horticulture through on-going training and workshops.
And yet, the Master Gardener Program is more than a horticulture class or a garden club. It is a volunteer program that enables participants to serve their communities through horticultural education. If you would like to help improve your community and enjoy gardening, landscaping, and related activities, consider becoming a Master Gardener volunteer! Check out our list of Ulster County Master Gardener Projects.
Programs and activities of the Master Gardeners are based on educational priorities of individual counties, differing from county to county. Some of these include:
The fee for this program is $250 and requires 100 hours of volunteer commitment which should be completed within the first 2 years. All course materials are included with the above fee. $50 will be refunded upon completion of your volunteer work.
The training consists of 16 classes, with each week’s class occurring during the day, once a week, for a total of 16 weeks. For more information please contact Master Gardener Coordinator, Dona Crawford.
Contact us if you are interested in having the Master Gardeners work on your project!
Interested in conserving water in your home garden? Visit the xeriscape garden created at SUNY Ulster by our Master Gardener Volunteers for ideas!
After being raised at Cornell University, the native lady bugs were delivered via Federal Express to Ulster County and released by the Master Gardeners.
Last updated November 5, 2020