Become a Master Gardener in Venango County

Do you have an interest in gardening, a willingness to learn more about horticulture, and a strong desire to educate the community?

The Penn State Master Gardeners Program is a volunteer program that supports the outreach mission of Penn State Extension by utilizing unbiased research-based information to educate the public and our communities on best practices in sustainability and environmental stewardship.

No prior experience is required, as all volunteers participate in a 40-hour basic training in horticultural science. Trainees must then complete 50 hours of volunteer service within the same year to achieve Master Gardener certification. Master Gardeners maintain their certification by completing 20 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education each year.

Classes begin online via Zoom from 6 p.m.–8:15 p.m. Oct. 7 through March 17, 2022. The classes will also be recorded for later viewing.

To apply, contact Master Gardener Coordinator Susan Laniganat or Janet Martz at


This educational blog is a series of informative articles from the Penn State Master Gardeners volunteers plus news concerning the group and their activities. For more information, click here.