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UConn Master Gardener

What do Master Gardeners do?
Master Gardeners become involved in their communities in giving good horticultural advice and experience in a variety of ways. They serve in the Bartlett Plant Clinic and answer questions posed by the public on plant matters such as, identification of plants and diagnosis of disease or pest problems. Many Master Gardeners run community gardens, teach classes or lead outreach projects across the county. The Bartlett Invasive Control Group, the Herb Garden Team, the Perennial Border and Cottage Garden Caretakers are active in the mission of Master Gardeners to teach by action and example.

What does it take to become a Master Gardener?
To become a certified UConn Master Gardener you must first have an interest in plants and gardening. You must also be able to attend the training program and provide 60 hours of volunteer service. Classes are taught by horticulturalists and University of Connecticut Extension educators and specialists. The program offers 96 hours of classroom work and 60 hours of volunteer service under the supervision of Master Gardener mentors.

Who operates the program?
The Connecticut Master Gardener program is conducted by the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut. The program coordinator at the Arboretum is Regina Campfield. Please call 203-322-6971 extension 18 for more information.

Want to meet a Master Gardener?
Chances are you will run into one or more Master Gardeners working at the Bartlett Arboretum weekdays during the growing season. Teams of Master Gardeners take care of the Bartlett Vegetable Garden, the Herb Garden, the Cottage Garden and the Perennial Border. If you have noticed a reduction in the quantity of invasive plants on the property, you can give credit for that to the Invasive Control Group. Other Master Gardeners work at Cove Island Wildlife Preserve, Scalzi Park, and assorted Farmers' Markets and at many local schools. Please call the Arboretum for more information on these and other groups working to promote good horticultural practices.

Learn more about the Master Gardener Program.
Click here to listen to Master Gardener Coordinator, Regina Campfield speak with WGCH's Tony Savino about the Master Gardener program: