The Northeast Tennessee Master Gardener Association is group of trained volunteers who assist the University of Tennessee Extension in the counties of Hawkins, Sullivan, Washington, Carter and Unicoi. They provide education in home horticulture for the community members. The volunteers also organize and maintain garden projects throughout the region. The Master Gardener volunteer program allows individuals to dedicate their time and talents to enhancing the quality of life for citizens in the region using the science and art of horticulture.


Bad Weather Cancellation Policy

If Northeast State Community College classes are cancelled due to weather, NETMGA meetings and/or classes will be cancelled.

NETMGA Board Meeting

Monday, March 6


Extension Office, Blountville


General Membership Meeting

Monday, April 3  

Memorial Park Community Center,  Media Classroom

510 Bert Street

Johnson City

6:00 Networking ***

6:30 Program begins


Our speaker, Elizabeth Renfro, UT Extension Washington County – Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, will be demonstrating how to make herbal vinegars.

Elizabeth has been with UT Extension since 2010. She graduated from New Mexico State University in 2004 with a B.S. in Food Science and then continued graduate school at Middle Tennessee State University with a M.S. in Nutrition and Food Science. Elizabeth’s main programming in Washington County is within the Nutrition and Food Safety knowledge area. She has facilitated many cooking classes, demonstrations, canning classes and food safety classes in Washington County and all over this region.


Herbal vinegars are easy to make and make elegant, inexpensive gifts.  They can be used as marinades or in any recipe that calls for vinegar. 


Earn a CEU for attending.


 *** Refreshments will be provided. Members do not need to bring food to this event.



Changes for Reporting Hours

Starting in 2017, Master Gardeners should combine the ACT categories into one Service Hour category.  There is no need to tally Administration, Community Service, and Teaching hours as separate categories. The required number of Service Hours (formerly ACT hours) remains the same: 40 for interns and 25 for Certified Master Gardeners.  The CEU requirement will remain at 8 hours for Interns and Certified Master Gardeners.

Lifetime Master Gardeners will now be required to invest 15 hours per year in Service Hours and/or CEUs.  Note these three examples:  (1) 15 Service Hours and no CEUs,  or  (2) a combination of Service Hours and CEUs totaling 15  or  (3) no Service Hours and 15 CEUs.  (Of course, more hours in either category are encouraged and appreciated, and should be reported!)  Lifetime Master Gardeners will begin recognition of service at 10 years, with additional recognition at the 15, 20, and 25 year levels.


Annual Recognition Dinner Highlights

Gold Leaf Club

Thirty one Master Gardeners were recognized for their service in excess of 100 hours during 2016. Each person was awarded a leaf shaped pin.

Thanks to the following gardeners for their commitment to the program and their many hours of service:

Johnda Burdette

Doug Hilton

Jane Mullins

James Clark Shugart

Carol Collins

Earl  Hockin

Pamela Pope

Johnny Suthers

Don Davis

Tom Lane

Gordon Porter

Marcia Vandermause

David Doan II

Vern Maddux

Jerry Ramey

Barbara  Voigt

David Gostomski

Carolyn Martin

Sally Richard

Carl  Voigt

Jim Hayes

Pat Mazurkiewicz

Carla Rogers

Delette Walker

Sandra Hayes

Gene Morgan

Dave Rogers, Jr.

Stanley Wiedenhaupt

Nina Hedrick

Debbie Morrison

Nancy Shilling



The following Master Gardeners received special recognition based on their years of service:

20 Years:

John Scott, Nancy Scott


15 Years:

Anna Choquette, Jenny Clemmer, Regina Hedrick,

Mary Bryson Lee


10 years:  Lifetime Award

Linda Day, Angie Droke, Eva Johnson, Carolyn Martin,

Pat Mazurkiewicz, Pamela Pope, Gail Shaver,

James Clark Shugart, Sue Stanley, Johnny Suthers, Larry Wagner



5 years:

Vikki Bradach, Leann Clemons, Dave Gostomski, Alyce Kohlmann, Elizabeth Mason


3 Years: VIP Status

Ron Blackwell,  Patsy Brown, Michael Christian, Judith Gilbert, Sharon Good, Nancy Ledford, Bonnie McCormick, Maureen Mulroy, Patricia Neas, Gordon Porter, Nancy Shilling



1 Year:  Certified Master Gardeners

Gordon Backer, Melissa Hale, Cheryl Heisey, Mary Ann Lovelace,  Debbie Morrison, Terry Redlinger, Tava Smith, Carol Tyree,

Mary Beth Owens Wooten, Joseph Wooten




Welcome to the Class of 2016

Class of 2016

Congratulations on finishing the Master Gardener course. We look forward to getting to know you and working with you on your chosen projects.



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