Join the Lenoir County Master Gardener Association

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Who We Are

The Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Lenoir County are community members who have a passion for horticulture and giving back to the community. They work under the direction of the N.C. Cooperative Extension and provide support to the N.C. Cooperative Extension – Lenoir County Center and the Consumer Horticulture Agent, Paige Petticrew. They receive training through the Cooperative Extension Service using the NC Extension Gardener Handbook. In exchange, they volunteer their knowledge and time in the community.

What We Do

Our Master Gardener℠ volunteers provide research-based information related to horticulture to the residents of Lenoir County. They have the opportunity to share information through gardening activities, the Children’s Garden, the Native Garden, Pumpkin Day, and other community outreach events throughout the county. They also maintain the gardens, which are located in Lenoir County.

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Become a Master Gardener℠ Volunteer in Lenoir County


We are accepting applications. Accepted applicants will attend a Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course. This course is taught by Extension Service staff, local experts and seasoned Master Gardener Volunteers. The program offers a minimum of 40 hours of instruction and a comprehensive Master Gardener Manual.

The course is $150, which includes training fees and text book. Exact cash or check only. Make checks payable to Lenoir County CES. Class fee is non-refundable.

 Master Gardener℠ Volunteers are representatives of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Master Gardeners℠ will follow the research-based recommendations of the Cooperative Extension Service.


APPLICATIONS DUE NO LATER THAN December 1, 2023. If you’re interested in becoming a Master Gardener℠ Volunteer in Lenoir County fill out the application and submit it to our Horticulture Agent, Paige Petticrew!

Click here for the MG Volunteer Application or come by our office and pick up a hard copy of the application. Classes will run January through March 2024 on Tuesday’s from 9-12.

Send your completed application to:

1791 HWY 11 55 Kinston, NC 28504 or


Give Paige Petticrew a call MON-FRI, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at (252) 527-2191 or email her directly at

Submit An Application

Becoming an Extension Master Gardener volunteer begins with applying and being accepted into the program. You may apply to an EMG program in another county, but first preference is given to residents of the county in which the training is offered.

Click here to get an application.

Complete Initial Volunteer Training Extension

Master Gardener initial training prepares you to be a Master Gardener volunteer. The course introduces a wide range of horticultural topics, with a focus on finding research-based information and sharing the science behind sustainable gardening practices.

Initial training includes: A minimum of 40 hours of instruction taught by Extension staff and local experts. Topics include soils and plant nutrients, composting, insects, integrated pest management, lawns, food production, herbaceous, woody and native plants, wildlife, landscape design, and more. A final exam will be given at the competition of the course.

Visit the Extension Gardener Handbook online to explore the training curriculum.

Complete Volunteer Internship

Once initial training is complete, volunteers complete a minimum 40-hour internship to learn even more about horticulture and give back to their community. During the internship, volunteers rotate through a variety of volunteer opportunities that support the educational outreach priorities of their local Extension center.

Become Certified

Once the 40-hour internship has been completed the volunteer is eligible to become a Certified Extension Master Gardener volunteer.

Maintain Certification

In order to remain active in the program, Master Gardener volunteers must meet annual re-certification requirements. Lenoir County, requires a minimum of: 20 hours of volunteer service (10 of the hours must be completed with the association) and 10 hours of continuing education.

Extension Master Gardener Volunteers: Represent NC State Extension.

Promote the research-based recommendations of NC State Extension. May only use the title “Master Gardener volunteer” when engaged in Extension-sponsored activities. Follow the policies and procedures found in the NC State Extension Master Gardener Program Guidelines. Abide by the NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Code of Conduct.

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