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Extension Master Gardener Program of Pitt County

Pitt County Center, 403 Government Circle – Suite 2,
Greenville NC 27834
(252) 902-1709 Phone

What is an Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer?

Master Gardener℠ volunteers are members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, and gardens. They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and help others. What really sets these volunteers apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture and their willingness to educate others. In exchange for their training, Master Gardener℠ volunteers contribute time as volunteers, work through their Cooperative Extension Center to provide horticulture-related information to the public.

Volunteer Commitment

Once you successfully complete the training program and pass the final exam, you will begin a volunteer internship. During your internship, you will learn even more about plants and people. Master Gardener℠ volunteers function as resource individuals for horticultural questions that come in to their local Extension center.

What kind of volunteer activities are there?

The opportunities for volunteer services are limitless. Examples include:

  • diagnose plant, insect, and disease problems
  • staff plant clinics and educational exhibits
  • design a demonstration or community garden
  • lecture on various gardening topics
  • bring the joy of gardening to senior citizens or young children

Volunteer Training

If accepted into the Extension Master Gardener℠ Program in your county, you will attend a training course. Classes are taught by Extension staff, local experts, and Master Gardener℠ volunteers. The program offers a minimum of 40 hours of instruction on horticulture topics including: lawns; ornamental trees and shrubs; insect, disease, and weed management; soils and plant nutrition; vegetable gardening; home fruit production; garden flowers; and water conservation. You will have access to a North Carolina Master Gardener℠ training manual — full of comprehensive horticultural subjects. It will be a valuable tool in answering homeowners plant questions.

Pitt County Cooperative Extension offers Master Gardener℠ volunteer training every 12 months. Contact the Extension office for the dates for the next classes. All applicants will be interviewed before acceptance into the program and must pay a registration fee of $125 once accepted into the program.

How do I become a Master Gardener℠ Volunteer?

Send a completed application to Eric Derstine, N.C. Cooperative Extension, 403 Government Circle – Suite 2, Greenville NC 27834. Cost of the class will be $125. Do not send this in with application. All applicants will be interviewed before acceptance into the program and payment is taken. If you need further information please call the office at (252) 902-1709. Or stop by and see us! Our office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The Master Gardener℠ volunteers are here Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon, April-October and Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon November-March.

Contact a Master Gardener℠ Volunteer

Do you have gardening questions? Need a plant ID? Having problems with pests or diseases? Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers are available to answer your questions!

Call the HOTLINE at 252-902-1705 or drop by the office at 403 Government Circle, Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday 10:00 a.m. until Noon.

*Leave a message anytime and they will return your call during the scheduled time above.

*Email your questions along with a digital photo, if you have one, to

If you have questions or need additional information concerning the Extension Master Gardener℠ Program in Pitt County, please email: Eric Derstine or call him at (252) 902-1701.

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