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“What is wrong with my tomatoes?”

“Why are my pine trees losing their needles?” 

“When and how do I plant flower bulbs?”

These are just a few of the questions that Master Gardeners answer daily. Master Gardeners assist Phipps with a broad array of horticulture-related projects and activities at the Conservatory and Phipps Garden Center. Upon selection, applicants participate in an intensive two-semester training program, which costs $250, including the cost of the Master Gardener manual. They earn the title of Master Gardener while volunteering in such a capacity for Phipps after completing all classes and required volunteer hours, and successfully passing an exam. Duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Answering Ask Dr. Phipps questions on the phone, by email, or in person during special events
  • Presenting horticultural information to the public
  • Representing Phipps at public events
  • Performing garden maintenance at the Conservatory in Schenley Park or at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
  • Writing contributed articles on horticultural or environmental themes
  • Teaching classes

Interested parties may download the 2020 Master Gardener program application to begin the process. Applications are due by Fri., Jan. 24, with classes beginning Thurs., March 12.

Download Master Gardener Application

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