About the South Carolina Master Gardener Program
This volunteer training is divided into two parts: instruction and service.
Instruction: Participants receive at least 40 hours of intensive, practical horticultural training during the Master Gardener Training Course (MGTC). Topics covered in the MGTC include soils and plant nutrition, entomology, plant physiology, plant pathology, vegetable gardening, tree and small fruit culture, lawn management, the culture of woody ornamentals, and problem-solving. Satisfying the instruction component requires regular classroom attendance and passing a final exam.
Service: Participants will donate at least 40 hours of educational service in order to complete the program and receive the title of "South Carolina Master Gardener". The nature of the volunteer work may vary by county. Consult with your local Master Gardener Coordinator for specific requirements. Passing a background check is required.
Following initial certification, there is an annual requirement of 20 hours of educational service and 10 hours of continuing education.