What is a Master Gardener?

The Alabama Master Gardener Volunteer Program is an educational volunteer-recruitment program offered through the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Volunteers work with Extension to bring the latest horticultural information to their communities. 

The concept of Master Gardener volunteer training began at Washington State University. In Alabama, the program began in 1981 with Extension agent Gary Murray and an energetic Cornell Extension Master Gardener, Mary Lou McNabb, who had moved to Huntsville. 

This program represents an effective partnership between the land-grant universities of this state, Alabama Extension Agents, and motivated volunteers. Master Gardener volunteers offer their community reliable, relevant, and reachable gardening information and education opportunities. 

What does it require?

Helping the citizens of Mobile County 

Participants are required to report 50 hours of volunteer service. (That's fewer than seven workdays at a full-time job.) Projects range from answering Helpline calls and assisting Extension agent workshops to ongoing community projects. 

The Alabama Master Gardener training program provides 50 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction. Classes, taught by Extension specialists and agents, local specialists and certified Master Gardeners, include the following:


• home lawns 
• trees and shrubs 
• Alabama Smart Yards 
• annuals and perennials 
• plant propagation 
• vegetable gardening 
• soil science 
• pest management 
• and much more!

How does Master Gardeners work? 

This program represents an effective partnership between the land-grant universities of this state, Alabama Extension agents, and motivated volunteers. Master Gardener volunteers offer their community reliable, relevant, and reachable gardening information and education opportunities. 

Reliable: Our gardening advice and programs are science-based. 
Relevant: Our information is timely. 
Reachable: Call us for answers at (877)252-4769

Participants are required to report 50 hours of volunteer service. (That’s fewer than seven workdays at a full-time job.) Projects range from answering Helpline calls and assisting Extension agent workshops to ongoing community projects. 

How do I become a Master Gardener?

In Mobile, the Master Gardener training program is offered once a year, beginning in early August and ending in early November.  A series of classes are held each Wednesday from 9 am to 2:30 pm. The registration deadline for the Mobile County Master Gardener class is early June each year.  Participants are welcome to join classes in any of the hosting counties regardless of residence. A registration fee and background check are required upon acceptance to the program

Download a Master Gardener application here. 

Mail the completed application to: 

Mobile County Master Gardener Applications 

c/o Alabama Extensions System 

1070 Schillinger Road N. 

Mobile, AL 36608 

 

Call 251-574-8445 for more information.    

Mobile County Extension Office 

1070 Schillinger Rd. N

Mobile, AL 36608

Office Phone Number

251-574-8445