How do I become a master gardener?


How do I become a Master Gardener?

How do I become a Master Gardener in Williamson County?

Being certified as a Master Gardener in Tennessee requires completion of the Tennessee Extension Master Gardener course (for a small fee) and 40 hours of volunteerism. In subsequent years, 25 hours of volunteer service, $20 in membership dues and 8 hours of continued education are required in order to remain in "good standing."  The course is organized around weekly lectures, with some workshops, field trips and projects, and includes the Tennessee Master Gardener Handbook.  It takes place over 15 weeks beginning in January of each year.  Evening classes are offered in odd numbered years (2021, 2023), and day classes are offered in even numbered years (2020, 2022, 2024).  To get more information and to sign up at any time, call the Extension office at 615-790-5721.

Certified Master Gardeners attend monthly educational meetings and occasional social activities.  Interested individuals can help staff a diagnostic service, and speak to outside groups interested in horticulture.  Volunteer projects are typically performed in cooperation with local partners.  

Master Gardeners develop and manage community programs related to horticulture, landscape improvements, therapeutic horticulture projects demonstration/production gardens for public information and access.  While expanding the capabilities of the UT/TSU Extension, we also have a lot of fun along the way!

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