The Master Gardener Program is offered by the University of Tennessee Extension. The purpose of the Master Gardener program is to train people as horticultural-educated volunteers. These volunteers work in partnership with their counties to expand the educational outreach, providing home ga​rdeners with researched-based information. Each volunteer has been trained with 40 hours of horticultural education, and keeps updated with continuing education events.


The Northeast Master Gardener Association (NETMGA) membership includes  volunteers from Hawkins, Sullivan, Washington, Carter and Unicoi Counties. Their many activities include information booths at various home and farm shows, answering Ask-a-Master Gardener phone calls, teaching classes in the community, and organizing new Master Gardener classes. Their presence can be seen in many local historic site gardens, demonstration gardens and community vegetable gardens.




August 16 – November 29

5:30 p.m. – 8:30p.m.

UT-TSU Sullivan County Extension Office

Ron Ramsey Agricultural Center

140 Spurgeon Lane, Blountville, TN 37617



Register now for fall classes to become a volunteer master gardener. Learn to grow the best vegetables and have a beautiful yard; then volunteer your talent in your community!


The classes will take place on Thursday evenings, from 5:50 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Most classes will meet at the Ron Ramsey Agricultural Center in Blountville. Refer to the class schedule below for a list of topics, speakers, and occasional off site field trips. Cost is $175.00

Please register by August 1. 

Questions should be directed to Chris Ramsey, Sullivan County Director and Extension Agent. chris.ramsey@utk.edu. 423 574-1919


2018 MG Class Schedule.pdf
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NETMGA Membership Meeting

Monday, August 6, 2018

6:00 p.m. Networking and Fellowship 

6:30 p.m. Program Begins

Ron Ramsey Regional Ag Center 

140 Spurgeon Lane, Blountville, TN 


Speaker to be announced.

Members are welcome to bring a light snack to share during the fellowship time.




***** READ ALL ABOUT IT ****


6/25  See Chris' Column for an introduction to the newest member of the Sullivan County Extension staff, Ms. Ina Ponder. 


5/25  Chris offers thoughts on clover.  See Chris' Column "Clover Plentiful this Spring." 


5/11  It's time to inspect for bagworms! See Chris' Column "Bagworms in the Landscape." 



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