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.
How much do Extension Master Gardener volunteers contribute to Tennessee communities?
175,778 hours of service and educational outreach in 2016!
- The Breakdown:
- 2,364 Volunteers reporting
- 31,872 Continuing education hours
- 671 Interns trained
- 1 State and 2 regional conferences
These volunteer hours represent a value to Tennessee of $3,677,275.76 in 2016!
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.
To become an Extension Master Gardener:
- Contact your local county Extension office to complete:
- 40 hours of basic horticulture classes
- Volunteer service and continuing education hours (required for certification)
- Information sheet with additional details about TEMG
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
What exactly are volunteer opportunities?
Extension Master Gardeners support the UT Extension residential and consumer horticulture program in their county. They coordinate and teach plant clinics and garden seminars, answer horticulture questions and write articles or newsletters. Master Gardeners share what they enjoy with the general public.
What is the cost?
The nominal fee for Extension Master Gardener training covers the educational materials and training costs.
Interested in hearing perspectives on the Tennessee Master Gardener program?
Hear Drs. Chris Cooper & Natalie Bumgarner discuss the program on
'The Family Plot'.
National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture!
The National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) creates a unified voice to promote the benefits and value of horticulture. NICH brings together academia, government, industry and nonprofits to cultivate the growth and development of a healthy world through landscapes, gardens and plants – indoors and out.
This movement nurtures a passion and appreciation for plants and increases the demand for gardening, from horticultural grants at universities to attendance at public gardens to foot traffic in garden centers.
Growing a healthy world through plants, gardens, and landscapes.
Use stakeholder partnerships to increase the percentage of U.S. households participating in Consumer Horticulture to 90% by 2025!
For more information check out the full website!