Hancock & Washington Counties Master Gardener Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteers Program. Master Gardener Volunteers are truly special people dedicated to sharing their horticultural knowledge and skills with their community.  

Visit the How to Apply page for more information about registration, course details, and fees for the 2021 Master Gardener Volunteer course.

The Hancock/Washington County Master Gardener Volunteers program provides 17 weeks of training in horticulture and volunteerismOur goal is to prepare you to effectively volunteer on a gardening-related community project for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.  In doing so, you will hone your gardening skills while giving back to your community!

In Hancock and Washington Counties, there are between ten and fifteen different predetermined Master Gardener Volunteer projects each year. You are expected to volunteer a minimum of 40 hours on an existing MGV project within one year of completing the training in order to become certified as a Master Gardener Volunteer.

The nature of these community volunteer projects is as follows:

  • grow organic vegetables in community gardens for food pantries, soup kitchens, and limited income housing facilities (Ellsworth, Seal Harbor, Hancock, Cherryfield)
  • care for and conduct educational outreach from public ornamental gardens (native plant or pollinator gardens in Ellsworth, Blue Hill or Southwest Harbor)
  • conduct children’s gardening programs (Mount Desert, Eastbrook)
  • glean produce from farms and deliver it to hunger relief organizations (throughout Hancock and Washington Counties)
  • plan and lead public workshops on relevant gardening topics for small groups
  • conduct inventories of and eradicate invasive plant species from local natural areas.

Master Gardener Resources


If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Sue Baez at 1.800.287.1479  to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least seven days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

For More Information

E-mail Sue Baez or call 207.667.8212 or 1.800.287.1479 (in Maine)