Master Gardeners poising in front of some display gardens at the Suffolk County Farm.

Busy with clean up at the Suffolk County Farm display gardens.

Master Gardener manning a display table of gardening information

Barbara Renner tabling at Brookhaven Garden Show.

Master Gardeners showing off one of the many municipal improvement projects they been involved with.

Municipal Beautification

Suffolk County Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Who is a Master Gardener Volunteer?

Master Gardener Volunteers are neighbors teaching neighbors about horticultural topics and environmentally sound gardening practices, providing the public with educational programs and activities that draw on the horticultural research and experience of Cornell University. Master Gardener Volunteers receive instruction and are kept up-to-date through training and workshops. In return, they agree to share their knowledge through community service. After completing the training course and volunteering for 125 hours, they become certified as CCE Suffolk Master Gardener Volunteers.

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How do Master Gardener Volunteers Contribute to the Community?

Master Gardener Volunteers . . .

  • Provide guidance and expertise for community beautification projects, demonstration gardens, school and community gardens throughout Suffolk County
  • Demonstrate gardening practices to children, adults, educators and community groups
  • Speak to community member via the CCE Suffolk Speakers Bureau about landscaping, growing fruits and vegetables, attracting pollinators and other sustainable garden practices.
  • Participate in programs for youth, senior citizens, and people benefiting from Horticultural Therapy
  • Teach garden-based learning through school visits, Jr. Master Gardener programs, and the Summer Children’s Gardening Program
  • Cultivate the Children’s Garden and Herb Garden at the Suffolk County Farm
  • Organize and teach at the annual Spring Gardening School

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Who can be a Master Gardener Volunteer?

We welcome adults of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to the Master Gardener Volunteer program. Anyone who enjoys gardening, has a desire to share knowledge and skills, and who is willing to provide community service is encouraged to apply. To become a Certified Master Gardener Volunteer, one must successfully graduate from the course, volunteer 125 hours within a 2 year period, and remain active by volunteering at least 30 hours each year after certification.

Being a Master Gardener Volunteer is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. The commitment and dedication of our volunteers help county residents to understand best gardening practices, and contribute to making Suffolk County a more beautiful and greener place to live.

For more information on becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer, or to request a speaker or a Master Gardener Volunteer for your project, please contact:


Roxanne Zimmer
Community Horticulture Specialist
631-727-7850 x 225

Last updated November 20, 2019