The Mission of the University of Hawaiʻi Master Gardener Program
is to “provide the public with unbiased, research based information and
sustainable management practices in tropical horticulture suitable for
home gardens, local landscapes, urban environments and the community."
What is the Maui Master Gardener Program?
The Maui Master Gardener program is an educational outreach
program administered by the University of Hawaiʻi Cooperative Extension
Service. The University of Hawaiʻi Master Gardener program is part of the
Master Gardener Program found throughout the United States and Canada.
First initiated in the State of Washington in 1972, the Master Gardener
Program is a public service program that provides training to volunteers
under the leadership of land-grant universities. To date over 94,865*
people have become Master Gardeners nationwide since the program begun.
The Master Gardener program is a certification program which is
recognized nationwide. In Hawaiʻi the Master Gardener Program began in
Who can become a Master Gardener Volunteer?
Master Gardeners are adults (18 years and over), who love
gardening, want to learn and to share their knowledge with others in
their communities through volunteer educational services. Master
Gardener volunteers are an important Extension resource for expanded
outreach into the community. The trained Master Gardener volunteers help
Cooperative Extension meet the overwhelming demand for research based
horticultural and gardening information to the general public and
community groups and; promote environmentally sustainable practices
throughout Hawaiʻi. The University of Hawaiʻi Extension Master Gardeners
are dedicated volunteers; trained in horticultural education by
University educators, specialists and researchers.
Master Gardener Training
Master Gardeners receive about 48 hours of classroom training
in topics such as: botany, soil fertility, fertilizers and composting,
pruning, vegetable production, organic gardening techniques, trees &
shrubs, ornamentals, landscape design, Insects, diseases, fruits and
more. Master Gardener volunteers activities include: staffing booths at
County Fairs, host plant clinics and plant sales, conduct workshops,
develop and maintain community and educational gardens, write advice
columns at local newspapers and operate help lines at County Extension
offices answering gardening, questions, school gardening and community
The Master Gardener training program is a 20-week course, held
each year, one day per week for 4 hours. Classes run from January to
May. The cost of the program is
$250 per person which includes the training manual and all class resources.
What do we ask from you?
Volunteer requirement is a minimum of 50 hours in the first year, in approved volunteer activities. In subsequent years, the volunteer requirement is a minimum of 40 hours plus 10 hours of continuing education to keep the certification active. The volunteer efforts are of benefit to the Master Gardeners as well as the community.
For additional information on the program, contact Cynthia
Nazario-Leary, Urban Horticulture Extension Agent, at 244-3242, ext.
229, or e-mail