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About Us

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What is a Master Gardener?

 The purpose of MGAPC is to promote community awareness and participation in programs related to horticulture. 


The program was started in 1972 in  Washington State. New Jersey held its first class in 1984. In Passaic  County, the first class was held in 1996. Since then, thousands of  Master Gardeners have been trained throughout the state and given  hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours in service to the residents of  the Garden State. 


Master gardeners are trained volunteers who assist Rutgers in its mission to deliver horticulture programs and information.


Passaic County classes are held Thursday  mornings, September through May, in Wayne. The 3 hour lessons - mostly  taught by Rutgers faculty and staff - range in topics from turf  renovation and general entomology to propagation and understanding soil.  The cost of training is $300. Seventy hours of volunteer time (10 of it  devoted to the helpline) are required to become certified. Active  master gardeners have 25 hours of service and 10 hours of continuing  education yearly. 

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Get Involved

 Anyone with an interest in gardening and a  commitment to volunteer service can become a Master Gardener. No  previous education or training is required. Call 973-305-5740 for more  information. 

To apply for the next class access the application form. 

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Thank You

Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.