Master Gardener Program

Educating communities in environmentally-sound gardening practices

The URI Master Gardener Program was established in 1977 to educate citizens in environmentally-sound gardening practices through the dissemination of factual, research-based information. Through a train-the-trainer approach, over 800 volunteers serve as community-based educators, amplifying the impact of Cooperative Extension to improve environmental quality and build healthy communities throughout Rhode Island. Our role supporting Rhode Island communities and residents requires us to remain open to learning from diverse perspectives and broadening our understanding of the vast world of gardening. The more we expand our knowledge and world view as individuals, the more comfortably (and humbly) we fit into our roles in the community.

We invite you to learn more about our food system focus area, read about our impact and commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, and seek out URI Master Gardeners in your community.

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Join our community of Master Gardeners and share your passion for gardening with Rhode Islanders.

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Contact Us

Kathleen M. Mallon Outreach Center

3 East Alumni Avenue
Kingston, RI 02881
p: 401-874-2900

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Donations made on behalf of the URI Master Gardener Program support its educational mission to educate citizens in environmentally sound horticulture practices through the dissemination of factual, research-based information.

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Program Staff

Program Leader

Master Gardener, URI Cooperative Extension


Program Administrator, Extension Educator

Cooperative Extension