What is the TN Extension Master Gardener Program?
The Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Program provides volunteer services for the University of Tennessee Extension. Certified Extension Master Gardeners are trained by Tennessee Extension professionals to provide sound, practical, research-based information to the public in the area of residential and consumer horticulture
What is the mission of an Extension Master Gardener?
A Tennessee Extension Master Gardener’s mission is to promote environmental stewardship and to educate the general public about horticulture using research-based information available through UT Extension.
Tennessee Master Gardeners (TMG’s) are trained volunteers that participate in the community to educate and train the public in the latest gardening information and techniques. These volunteers, known as Master Gardeners, aid the Extension Service by running plant clinics; answering phone requests for horticultural information; establishing and maintaining demonstration gardens; working with people who have disabilities, youth, the elderly, and other special groups in the community; designing and implementing community involvement projects; as well as coordinating Master Gardener training programs.
Benefits of becoming an Extension Master Gardener include
- Forming friendships and having fun
- Expanding your gardening skills
- Sharing your gardening knowledge
- Being involved in your local community
- Making a difference in Tennessee
To become an Extension Master Gardener:
- Contact your local county Extension office
- Complete an Application Complete 40 hours of basic horticulture classes
- Complete the volunteer service and continuing education hours required for certification
For more information about the Sevier County Master Gardener Program contact:
Sevier County Extension Office
Hours : 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed noon – 1:00 pm)