SC Master Gardener Program
During this time of altered operations, we’ve received a number of inquiries about the program’s annual volunteer and continuing education requirements. Because your health and safety are a top priority, all in-person volunteer activities have been suspended. The volunteer hours requirement for July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 has been reduced by half to 10 hours of educational service. The 10-hour continuing education requirement remains in effect.
The volunteer hours requirement for July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 has been waived. The 10-hour continuing education requirement remains in effect. Master Gardener students who took the course during the July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 fiscal year will have until June 30, 2021 to complete their initial 40 hours of educational service to obtain initial certification. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed.
We know SC Master Gardeners are committed to their volunteer work so we’ve developed some guidelines to ensure your health and safety remain a top priority. Volunteers may return to in-person service during Green Stage (formerly called Phase III) of Clemson Extension’s Return To Work Framework providing a number of conditions are met. Please look to your local Master Gardener Coordinator for guidance.
See the COVID-19 Volunteer Guidelines
The South Carolina Master Gardener Program was designed to use the services of trained volunteers who have horticulture knowledge and a willingness to share that knowledge with others through the Clemson Cooperative Extension Service. To help you decide if you should become a South Carolina Master Gardener, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I want to learn more about growing plants and solving plant problems?
- Am I eager to participate in an intense training program?
- Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with others?
- Can I commit the time needed to attend the training and serve as a volunteer?
If you answered yes to these questions, the South Carolina Master Gardener program may be for you! To find a local training site and coordinator, click here.
Please note the South Carolina Master Gardener Program is not a professional certification and should not be used to promote or endorse commercial products and/or services.