Master Gardener Program

2022 Master Gardener Volunteer Graduation and Service Awards


11 Graduates of the Master Gardener Volunteer Training

L to R: Lora Allen, Karen Crisafulli, Jessica Fenescey, Terry Hoover, Peggy Oakley, Kathy Parent, Barbara Scarlett, Nikkie Shefler, Anni Tabarrini, (missing from photo Dan Driggers and Zach Noyes).  Special guests: Kelly Campbell, Ashley Helmholdt from Cornell Campus and Executive Director Beth Roberts

10 Year Service Awards

Dianna Dudar

Diane Marble

Linda Purdy

Maggie Smith

20 Year Service Award

Cori Williamson

30 Year Service Award

Joe Kille

Congratulations to all and Thank you for all you do!

The Master Gardener volunteer program is a nationwide Cooperative Extension project that provides interested gardeners with horticultural training. In return, these volunteers provide gardening education and information to the community.

In Broome County, the Master Gardeners receive extensive training in a full year course of study, including classes in plant science, entomology, soil and fertilizers, ornamentals, and other horticultural subjects blending online instruction with in-person, hands on activities. Once trained, the volunteers answer questions on the Horticulture Response Line, a telephone information service of Cornell Cooperative Extension – Broome County. A Speakers’ Bureau is available to community groups and the Master Gardeners participate in programs with 4-H and other area youth.

In addition, there is a unique role for Master Gardeners in Broome County. Under the supervision of the staff Horticulture Educator, these volunteers are the caretakers of Cutler Botanic Garden. During winter months, the Master Gardeners plan the garden and participate in continuing education classes. In spring and summer, they plant and care for the garden.

If you would like to obtain a Master Gardener Application packet (Master Gardener Program and Master Gardener Volunteer Interest Survey) please call Carol Fetterman, Administrative Assistant at (607) 584-9966 or e-mail

Last updated March 6, 2024