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Master Gardener Program

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What is a Master Gardener?

The Rutherford County Master Gardener program is a volunteer service organization offered by The University of Tennessee Extension. The purpose of the Master Gardener program is to train citizens as horticulture educators for their communities.

The title Master Gardener  is conditional upon complying with the following:
• Successfully completing the Master Gardener training program, 
• Performing and reporting 40 service hours within 12 months of training program completion, 
• Attending 4 Master Gardeners of Rutherford County Association meetings per year, 
• Sharing only University of Tennessee-approved recommendations (not home remedies but researched based information), 
• The Master Gardener name badge and title may not be used for commercial gain or to promote commercial products or businesses; and 
• Certification is renewable annually, upon completion of volunteer and educational requirements. 

The Master Gardener training in 2021 will take place on Tuesdays from the beginning of February through the end of April from 9 am – 11 central time. The majority of the training will take place online via Zoom. Additional in-person training opportunities will be determined closer to the training dates.    

To learn more about becoming a Master Gardener please visit this page:


For more information contact: Rachel Painter, 

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The 2021 Garden Basics class is offered for those that are new to gardening or simply want a refresher! 

The Master Gardeners will be teaching this 5 week course online via Zoom.

The classes will be held on Thursday nights for five weeks starting March 4th through April 1st, 6:00pm-8:00pm.  

Cost of the program is $50 for each individual, but two people from the same household that will share a soil test box will cost $90 for the pair. 

Please apply by mailing the application (below) and payment (payable to Rutherford County Master Gardeners) to the Extension office. 

 2021 Garden Basics Application.pdf

This fun, low-key and informative class is designed for the new and mid-level gardener who wants to​ improve their gardening skills or for the experienced gardener who wants a refresher course and to learn new tips and tricks.

Contact: Rachel Painter, with any questions. 

FREE Educational Classes


 Linebaugh Library Master Gardener Classes



​​ALL library programs for 2020 have been cancelled.  

Smyrna Linebaugh Library Class 

    • Classes start at 10am and will last about an hour. Bring a pen, paper and feel free to ask questions!
Murfreesboro Linebaugh Library Class
    • Classes start at 9am and will last about an hour. Bring a pen, paper and feel free to ask questions!
      Preregister to these classes by calling 615-893-4131 limited space available

 Master Gardeners at St. Clair's



What is the Mission of the TN Extension Master Gardener Program?

Improve the lives of Tennesseans through horticulture education delivered by a dedicated and skilled volunteer network. 


Extension Master Gardener volunteers improve the lives of Tennessee from the mountains to the Mississippi with a heart for people and a passion for plants!
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