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«July 2020»


Mission Statement

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 1988.

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 gardens.

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, e-mail