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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Green Thumbs Can Learn, Serve as Penn State Master Gardener

Two people bent over consulting in a garden.

WAYNE COUNTY -- Those with a keen interest in gardening, a willingness to learn more, a strong desire to help others and a solid volunteer ethic can start on the path to becoming a Penn State Master Gardener this fall. 

Applications are now being accepted for the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners, Monroe County, basic training classes.  Basic training classes begin in September 2021, conclude in April 2022, and will include the following topics: botany, plant propagation, soil health and fertilizer management, composting, controlling pests safely, entomology, plant diseases, indoor plants, vegetables, lawn care, pruning, woody ornamentals, herbaceous plants, native plants, weeds and invasives. 

The training fee is $200 and includes the award-winning Penn State Extension Master Gardener Manual, training supplies, and webinars. Financial aid may be available. Classes are held at the Stroudsburg Extension Office, two Saturdays per month, but may be held virtually. 

Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2021.  An interview will be scheduled upon its receipt. The interview helps candidates determine if the Master Gardener program is a good fit for them.  Mail the completed application to:  Penn State Extension Master Gardeners, Monroe County, Penn State Extension Office, 724 Phillips St. #201, Stroudsburg, PA 18360.

For additional information about the Master Gardener program, its mission, volunteer expectations and requirements or to access the application, please visit

For information about Monroe County’s training program call Sue Detrick, 1-570-420-7012, or Barbara Harteis, 1-570-420-7014, during business hours, 8:30-4:30, Monday to Friday. The email address is

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