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This non-credit course covers the basics of home horticulture and what it means to be a Extension Master Gardener (EMG). The instructors are comprised of UVM faculty and Vermont horticulture professionals. Course topics include: Botany Basics, Entomology, Plant Diseases, Food Production, Soil Fertility, Perennials and Annuals, Sustainable Landscaping, Rain Gardens, Turf and Weeds, Invasive Plant Control, and UVM Extension Volunteering. See a Sample Syllabus here (pdf)....


Volunteer Internship & Certification

To receive your certificate as an Extension Master Gardener, you must complete a volunteer internship of 40 hours in addition to the Course. Graduates (EMG Interns) will partner with Certified Extension Master Gardeners on local projects. 2015 interns will have until December 2016 to complete their 40 hours.

Locations Around the State

This course will be offered statewide via Vermont Interactive Television. Visit the VIT website here.








*Randolph Center



*St. Albans

*White River Jct.



To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office @ (802)656-9562 by January 2, 2015 so we may assist you.

Admission to the Course

Admission is on a first-served basis and historically this course has filled very early. If you are interested in the course, we urge you to sign up NOW to avoid disappointment. The course fee is $395. The "Extension Master Gardener Sustainable Gardening Manual" and other course materials are provided on-line. Printed copies of the manual are available for an additional $55. Master Card, Visa and American Express are accepted. Call 802-656-9562 for details.

Enrollment Deadline/Late Fees

The deadline for the 2015 class is January 16th. Thereafter, a late fee of $25 is required. After class begins on February 3, late enrollees must also purchase a DVD of missed classes at $17 per DVD. No late enrollments will be accepted after February 10, 2015.

Missed Classes

A maximum of 3 missed classes is allowed. This course runs 13 consecutive weeks. Students are expected to purchase a DVD of any missed class and submit a written summary. The DVD price is $17 each. DVDs are provided only if a student has missed a class.

Refund Policy

The full amount, less a $50 processing fee, may be refunded until December 11th. Cancellations that are requested December 12 through January 1 will only receive a refund of $100. After January 1, 2015 we cannot offer a refund.

Enrollment Confirmation via Email

Registration is confirmed via email within 1-2 weeks of your full payment. This email provides your class location, directions, and the date course materials will be shipped to you. Print and retain this email for your records.

Still have questions?

Phone: (802) 656-9562