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 gardeners 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.
Dear Master Gardeners,
Currently, all UT and TSU Extension Face to Face meetings have been cancelled starting March 16 and continuing through April 30.* I’ll keep you updated as changes in the status of the Extension Office and Master Gardener Program develop.
County Director and Extension Agent
140 Spurgeon Lane
Blountville, TN 37617
423 – 574-1961 Office
423 – 646-9043 Cell
*UT face-to-face meetings are now cancelled through July 31.
NEW MASTER GARDENER CLASSES
August 6 – November 19
Thursday evenings 6:00 - 8:30
Ron Ramsey Regional Agricultural Center
149 Spurgeon Lane
IT’S TIME TO TAKE THE CLASS!
Register now for fall classes to become a volunteer master gardener. Learn the best gardening methods from UT trained experts, then volunteer your talents in your community!
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the first four classes will be by Zoom. Class size is limited to 20 students.
Deadline to register is August 3.
Contact Chris Ramsey for more information. (423) 574-1919
Monday, October 5
Ron Ramsey Agricultural Regional Center
140 Spurgeon Lane
While social distancing requirements are in effect, Master Gardeners may earn CEU credits by watching or participating in online teaching sessions, particularly those offered through Extension.
WASHINGTON COUNTY EXTENSION ZOOM SESSIONS
July 23, 6:30 pm - Fall Vegetable Gardening (click to register)
July 30, 6:30 pm - What's Bugging My Houseplants (click to register)
GREENE COUNTY EXTENSION ZOOM SESSIONS (click to register)
August 10, 6:30 pm - Intro to Organic Home Gardening
August 17, 6:30 pm - Cleaning up the Garden for Winter
August 24, 6:30 pm - Soil Basics and Crop Rotation
August 31, 6:30 pm - Cover Crops
September 21, 6:30 pm - The Appalachian Range
October 5, 6:30 pm - Hike the Appalachian Trail
October 12, 6:30 pm - Appalachian Woodland Plants
October 19, 6:30 pm - Native Plant Species
October 26, 6:30 pm - Appalachian Folklore
November 2, 6:30 pm - Herbs
November 9, 6:30 pm - Edible Landscapes
November 16, 6:30 pm - The Harvest Celebration of 1621
November 23, 6:30 pm - Intro to Herbal Remedies
November 30, 6:30 pm - Celebration of Holiday Plants
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