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A soil pH test is a great first step to successful gardening.

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Learn skills and share what you know, as a volunteer in the CCE Master Gardener program.

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Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)



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Master Gardener Help Line

Our master gardeners are ready to help with your garden question, identification or issue. Bring your question to the Help Line by telephone, e-mail or walk in on Wednesdays Noon to 2PM during the growing season. Our garden experts will review your request and set you in the right direction. Also, as an extra bonus if you bring in a soil sample our garden team will test for PH. PH is important for the adsorption of nutrients in your soil.

Contact us on 716-664-9502 extension 224, e-mail us at or visit us at the JCC Carnahan Center; 525 Falconer Street; P.O. Box 20; Jamestown, NY 14702-0020, during helpline hours. the "GPS friendly address is 241 James Ave; Jamestown, NY" look for the RED Cornell Signs.

COVID-19 affects MGV helpline. Here is the update:

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County Master Gardener Help Desk will not be opening at JCC as expected for in-person assistance with gardening questions. Instead Master Gardeners can be reached for gardening help in two ways. Beginning April 1, 2020, you can call the Master Gardeners at 716-664-9502 ext. 224 and leave a message or you may send an email to Either way, someone will get back to you, to answer your questions. If you have a question about a plant or insect identification, it would be helpful if you could attach a picture of what you would like to identify, and that would be a very useful starting point. Social distancing may keep us from face to face gardening, but it's still a good time to get your seedlings started, your cool crops planted and enjoy the fresh garden air.

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County is your resource for information on soils, site improvement, plant selection, proper plant care, eco-friendly practices, integrated pest management, composting and so much more! We offer free or low-cost gardening classes and tours all year long, and opportunities to share your love of gardening as a volunteer! Call us or come by today!


Applications must be received by April 17th

Interviews will be held April 21st – April 22nd via zoom

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County is pleased to announce the 2020 Master Gardeners Core Training Class is extending the due date of the applications to April 17th, 2020 in light of the COVID -19 Quarantine. Tentatively classes are scheduled to take place on the campus of Jamestown Community College, May 4th through June 27th. Classes may be online to start.

The Master Gardener Program is a nationwide volunteer program that provides educational programs on horticulture topics. Master Gardeners are neighbors who teach their neighbors about such topics as: Houseplants, Herbs, Annuals & Perennials, Composting & Soil pH, Fruits & Vegetables, Plant Diseases, Beneficial & Harmful Insects, Weed Control and much more. Throughout New York State, Master Gardeners are trained by Cornell Cooperative Extension in the science and art of gardening.

Classes will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. through the months of May and June, with additional required sessions every other Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; May 6, 20 and June 9, 23.

Subjects to be covered include: Diagnosing Plant Diseases/Problems, Sustainable Gardening, Intro to Insects, Perennials & Annuals, Native and Invasive Plants, Pruning, Soils and Fertilizers, Vegetable Gardening, Weeds, Pollinators, Nuisance Wildlife, and Woody Plant Materials.

Those who successfully complete the 50-hour course may apply to become a Master Gardener volunteer in Chautauqua County or Cattaraugus County. New Master Gardeners are asked to volunteer 50 hours their first year. After the first year in order to remain active, we ask volunteers to donate at least 35 hours per year to the Master Gardener program.

If you have a passion for gardening and enjoy sharing your knowledge with others, becoming a Master Gardener volunteer may be for you. Class size is limited pre-registration is required by April 17th, 2020. There is a program fee to help defray the cost of Master Gardener training materials and other expenses. The fee for the 2020 class is $125.00. This includes all class sessions, class materials and background checks.

Those interested in taking the MG Core Training classes can request an application from Lucia Conti by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension, (716) 664-9502 Ext. 209 or applications may also be requested by email at


Lucia Conti
Association Administrative Assistant
716-664-9502 ext. 209

Last updated March 31, 2020