2023 Master Gardener Class

— Written By
en Español / em Português

El inglés es el idioma de control de esta página. En la medida en que haya algún conflicto entre la traducción al inglés y la traducción, el inglés prevalece.

Al hacer clic en el enlace de traducción se activa un servicio de traducción gratuito para convertir la página al español. Al igual que con cualquier traducción por Internet, la conversión no es sensible al contexto y puede que no traduzca el texto en su significado original. NC State Extension no garantiza la exactitud del texto traducido. Por favor, tenga en cuenta que algunas aplicaciones y/o servicios pueden no funcionar como se espera cuando se traducen.


Inglês é o idioma de controle desta página. Na medida que haja algum conflito entre o texto original em Inglês e a tradução, o Inglês prevalece.

Ao clicar no link de tradução, um serviço gratuito de tradução será ativado para converter a página para o Português. Como em qualquer tradução pela internet, a conversão não é sensivel ao contexto e pode não ocorrer a tradução para o significado orginal. O serviço de Extensão da Carolina do Norte (NC State Extension) não garante a exatidão do texto traduzido. Por favor, observe que algumas funções ou serviços podem não funcionar como esperado após a tradução.


English is the controlling language of this page. To the extent there is any conflict between the English text and the translation, English controls.

Clicking on the translation link activates a free translation service to convert the page to Spanish. As with any Internet translation, the conversion is not context-sensitive and may not translate the text to its original meaning. NC State Extension does not guarantee the accuracy of the translated text. Please note that some applications and/or services may not function as expected when translated.

Collapse ▲

Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer Association of Clay County is happy to announce its upcoming Master Gardener Training Course.

The 2023 Master Gardener program is a 13-week course in which you will learn the basics of soils, diseases, insects, gardening, fruit trees, berries, wildflowers, botany and so much more. At the end of the course, you will receive an open-book exam. At this point, you will be an MG intern and will have up to 1 year to volunteer for 40 hours in varying extension activities.

Below you will find 4 forms. Please print out the first three but, before you fill them out (deadline to the office by February 10, 2023) please read the below to make sure you understand and are committed to this program. If so, then please fill out the first 3 items. If you do not have access to a printer, please stop by the Extension office to pick up a copy. You can email them to tosborn@ncsu.edu, drop them off at the Extension office, or mail them to us at:

N.C. Cooperative Extension, Clay County Center

25 Riverside Circle, Suite 2

Hayesville, NC 28904

Please do not include payment at this time. After receiving and reviewing your application, look for an acceptance letter from us for final details about the class no later than February 16. Space is limited in the class, so turning in the application does not guarantee a spot in this class.

  1. Application
  2. Code of Conduct
  3. Photo Release
  4. Volunteer Ideas

Start Date and Time

The first class will begin on Thursday, March 2 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon and finish on Thursday, May 25 for a total of 13 weeks. 

Cost – cash or check only due on the first day of class

The cost of this 13-week program will be $130.  This pays for the State Master Gardener Fee and online access to the state book and study resources. You may order a hard copy of the book through Amazon. Checks can be made out to the Clay County Extension.

As for the class itself, it’s 13 weeks long. You should bring something to write on e.g., a notebook, paper, or a laptop for taking notes. You also might consider bringing something to drink and snacks in case you get hungry. Please keep in mind that while there are in person meetings, much of the resources and study material is online, so you will need a computer and internet access.


You are allowed to miss one class. If you think you will miss 2 classes, then we suggest waiting until the next class so that you can attend all of the classes.



Classes will be held at the Clay County Community Room located at 25 Riverside Circle, Hayesville, NC. This is the OLD Health Department Building located below the library and post office. The community room is located on the top level.

Volunteer Hours – When attending the class, you are a Master Gardener student. For the last class you will receive an open book exam. Everyone always passes so no worries. Once you pass the exam you will be a Master Gardener Intern. The last stretch is completing volunteer hours to match the amount of class time (40 hours). You have up to one year to do so. Once you’ve completed your volunteer hours you will be a certified Master Gardener and will receive a certificate and name badge. You can start your volunteer time right away once you start with classes (see 4th attachment for volunteer ideas).

We look forward to meeting and working with you over the coming weeks. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to give us a call at (828) 389-6305 or e-mail tosborn@ncsu.edu.