2017 Spring New Master Gardener Training

  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Join our fantastic group of Master Gardener Volunteers by becoming a New Master Gardener Trainee. CCE Master Gardener Program is now accepting applications for our spring 2017 training. Training will run from March until June once a week.

Being a Master Gardener Volunteer does not mean that you are an expert on all gardening topics or that you are better at growing flowers, vegetables, trees or shrubs than any of your neighbors. Acquiring the title of Master Gardener through Cornell University Cooperative Extension means you have met the following requirements:

1) The successful completion of the Master Gardener Training, which is classroom instruction on a variety of horticulture topics;

) and, after classroom training, Master Gardeners are committed to contribute a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer time within their county the first year and 50 hours the second year, and a minimum of 30 hours annually thereafter.

Regular volunteer activities include presenting or co-presenting gardening workshops for the public, writing articles for our website or local newspapers/radio,staffing the consumer Helpline for inquiries about home and garden horticulture topics, diagnosing plant and insect samples, working on community projects,creating advertising for programs, and creating new projects that the Master Gardener Program Volunteers have an interest in as a group or individually.

The Master Gardener Program utilizes volunteers to assist people and their communities through gardening information, education, and activities.

Spring Training will be held at the Belmont Office in Allegany County. A class schedule is below – subject to changes. The tuition fee is $200.00; this covers cost of class reference materials, cd manual, presenters, background checks, and handouts. If you want to attend this training, but don’t want to become a Master Gardener Volunteer, the tuition fee is $650.00. Volunteers are given first priority.

You must: pre-register for this program, complete an interview with Colleen and have a volunteer background check administered – so don’t wait – register now.

Topics Covered Include:

Soil Growing Fruits in the Garden Groundcovers
Garden Botany Insect Identification Shade Plants
Plant Propagation Common Structural Pests (IPM) Nuisance Wildlife
Plant Pathology Children’s Gardening Weed Mgmt and Identification
Plant Pathogens Pruning Herb Gardening
Composting Container Gardening Lawn and Landscape IPM
Ecological Lawn Care Water Conservation and Gardens Deer Gardening
Woody Plant Care Permaculture Vertical Gardening
Invasive Species Interior Plants Greenhouses for Gardeners
Annuals Mulching Companion Planting
Climate Change and Gardening Fall Gardening and Storage Vegetable Gardening
Herbaceous Perennial Gardening Seed Starting Growing Flowers for Special Occasions
Fertilizers Native Plants Bulbs, Corms, Tubers and Rhizomes
Cold Frames Common Insects in the Garden




Colleen Cavagna
Allegany County Community Educator, Horticulture
585-268-7644 ext 12


5435A County Road 48
Belmont, NY 14813