How to Apply / Training Schedules

To become a Master Gardener Volunteer, or to find out more about the program, call or e-mail the UMaine Extension expert in your county or click on the location links below. To become a Master Gardener Volunteer, you must successfully complete 40+ hours of training and volunteer for 40 hours towards community gardening programs and activities.

Location Start Date Time Contact
Androscoggin / Sagadahoc
April 3 – May 22, 2018 with a summer break before picking up again August 28 – October 16. There will be a total of 16 classes; one or two may be offsite at projects in the area. Participants will be required to do 40 hours of volunteer work in Androscoggin or Sagadahoc Counties by September 30, 2019, to be certified as a Master Gardener Volunteer.
Tuesdays, 5:00 – 8:00 PM Lynne Holland
207.353.5550 or 1.800.287.1458 (in Maine)
Aroostook County Possibility for a course based on expressed interest throughout the County. Please contact Linda Trickey to have your name added to a list of potential participants. TBA Linda Trickey
207.532.6548 or
1.800.287.1469 (in Maine)
Cumberland County
February 2 – May 18, 2018
Fridays, 12:30 – 4:00 PM, and one Saturday (May 5), 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Kookie McNerney
207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine)
Franklin County TBA TBA
Hancock / Washington Counties
January 19 – May 18, 2018. Application deadline:  Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Fridays, 8:30 AM – Noon Marjorie Peronto
207.667.8212 or 1.800.287.1479 (in Maine)
Kennebec / Waldo Counties
November 19 – December 17, 2018 and continuing February 4 – March 25, 2019 (no class February 18). Application deadline: November 5, 2018 for first consideration. Mondays, 12:30 – 4:00 PM Caragh Fitzgerald
207.622.7546 or 1.800.287.1481 (in Maine)
Knox / Lincoln / Waldo Counties
(Waldoboro and Waldo)
Tentative schedule: Thursdays: October 4-November 15, 2018; Winter break, March 21-May 2, 2019, followed by two workshops. Classes will be held in Waldoboro and Waldo (west of Belfast).
Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:30 PM Elizabeth Stanley
207.832.0343 or 1.800.244.2104 (in Maine)
Penobscot County
Penobscot County will not be offering a Master Gardener training in 2018, but we welcome you to contact us to sign up for the waiting list and learn about other horticultural learning opportunities happening in 2018.
TBA Theresa Tilton
207.942.7396 or 1.800.287.1485 (in Maine)
Piscataquis County
TBA TBA Trisha Smith
207.564.3301 or 1.800.287.1491 (in Maine)
Somerset County TBA TBA Kathy Hopkins
207.474.9622 or 1.800.287.1495 (in Maine)
York County
January 30 – June 12, 2018
Tuesdays, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Frank Wertheim
207.324.2814 or 1.800.287.1535 (in Maine)

*Many counties are willing to have applicants from other counties attend the trainings, space permitting. Some require all or a portion of volunteer time in the county of the training. If your county does not offer Master Gardener training, feel free to contact the county nearest you for their policy.