How to Apply / Training Schedule


An online application is available here, or a printable version is available here


The 2019 York County Master Gardener Volunteer training will begin on February 6th and run to mid-June. Classes are on Wednesday Mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Classes are held in the Kennedy Center, 15 Oak  Street, Springvale unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE:  Applications need to be received in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, York County office by December 4 at 4:30.


2019 Master Gardener Volunteer Training
York County Schedule

The Master Gardener Training is a basic horticulture course comprised of approximately 70 hours of classroom, field, and hands-on learning, with an on-line manual serving as a resource. In 2019, the training will be held on Wednesday mornings (9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), with two Saturday mornings and two field trip sessions. Classes will be held in the Downs Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Kennedy Center at 15 Oak St., Springvale, Maine (with the exception of field trips, our Master Gardener Annual Meeting, the Plant Sale and two classes to be held at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm). The focus of the training will be on plant and soil science, vegetable and fruit production, ornamental horticulture and sustainable landscaping.

2019 Class Schedule             2019 Printable Schedule is here


Wednesday, 2/6:   Orientation to the Cooperative Extension and the Master Gardener Program,
and Seed Starting with Frank Wertheim, Cooperative Extension Professor

Wednesday, 2/13:   Soil Basics for Gardeners Part I & Home Composting with Frank Wertheim

Wednesday, 2/20:  Soil Basics for Gardeners Part 2 & Vermicomposting with Frank Wertheim

Wednesday, 2/27:  Botany for Gardeners Part I with Frank Wertheim

Wednesday, 3/6:  Botany for Gardeners Part 2 with Frank Wertheim & Food Security/Hunger in Maine with Frank Wertheim and Barbara Gagne, Good Shepherd Food Bank

Wednesday, 3/13:  Volunteering in the Master Gardener Program – Project Overviews
 & Volunteer Risk Management with Frank Wertheim, Extension Educator, Sue Tkacik, Horticulturist

Wednesday, 3/20:  Growing Small Fruit in Southern Maine ( Highbush Blueberries, Strawberries, Brambles) with David Handley, Small Fruit Specialist, UMaine Extension

Wednesday, 3/27:  Growing Small Fruit in Southern Maine Part 2 (Grapes, Hardy Kiwi, Elderberries, Other Unusual Small Fruits) and Garden Food Safety with David Handley, Small Fruit Specialist, UMaine Extension

Wednesday, 4/3: Growing Tree Fruits in Southern Maine with Renae Moran, Extension Tree Fruit Specialist 

*Saturday, 4/6:  York County Master Gardener Annual Meeting, 9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. Location: in the Mather Auditorium at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm

Wednesday, 4/10: Growing Vegetables in Southern Maine Part I with Mark Hutton, Vegetable Specialist, UMaine Extension

*Wednesday, 4/17: FIELD TRIP –  Pruning Fruit Trees and Home Orchard Development with Frank Wertheim and John and Chris Bozak, – Location:  Berry Best Farm, 33 Colburn Way, Lebanon

Wednesday, 4/24:  Growing Vegetables in Southern Maine Part 2 with Mark Hutton, Vegetable Specialist, UMaine Cooperative Extension

Wednesday, 5/1:  Growing Herbs in Maine and Principles of Landscape Design with Amy Witt, Earth Walkers Consulting

Wednesday, 5/8:  Pest Management –  Insects and Disease in the Home Garden with Clay Kirby, Extension Entomologist and Alicyn Smart, Extension Plant Pathology Specialist

*Wednesday, 5/15:  Herbaceous Landscape Plants – with Amy Witt, Earth Walkers Consulting – Location: in the Mather Auditorium at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm

*Saturday, 5/18:  York County Master Gardener Plant Sale – with Everyone!! – Location:  Extension Office, Outdoor Grounds – 7:00AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, 5/22:  Short Topic Day: Weed Management, Raised Beds, Drip Irrigation and Rain Barrels with Frank Wertheim

*Wednesday , 5/29:  Woody Landscape Plantswith Amy Witt, Earth Walkers ConsultingLocation: in the Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm

Wednesday, 6/5:  Wise Use of Pesticides in the Home Garden – and YardScapingwith Megan Patterson, Board of Pesticides Control, Maine Department of Agriculture

*Wednesday, 6/12: FIELD TRIP – Forest Tree and Wildflower IDwith Frank Wertheim and John Bozak, Forestry Professor Emeritus, UNH Location: Berry Best Farm, 33 Colburn Way, Lebanon,

Wednesday, 6/19: Practical Final Exam – This is an end of program open book collaborative final & Class Picture – wear garden attire & Master Gardener Class Celebration 🙂 

Wednesday, 2/26: Snow Date (if needed)

 * denotes that the class location and time may differ from the usual time and location in the Downs Conference Room