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.





Exchange Place Spring Garden Fair

Saturday, April 29   10-5 p.m.

Sunday, April 30  12-5 p.m.

4812 Orebank Road, Kingsport

Admission Fee:  $ 3.00


The Fair focuses on springtime activities on an 1850s farm and the sale of thousands of plants, garden accessories and related crafts, with an emphasis on herbs, native, and heirloom plants. Each year the Fair features garden walks and talks, children's activities, traditional music, and baked goods. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer home gardening questions throughout the weekend. Be sure to stop by the Master Gardener’s Back Porch Garden Sale.



Special NETMGA Meeting

Monday, May 8

Doors open at 6:30

Program begins at 7:00

Johnson City Power Board

2600 Boones Creek Road, Johnson City


Join us for an evening with Laura Dowling, the Chief Floral Designer at the White House from 2009 until 2015. She will be discussing her role as creative director of flowers and decor and providing spring arranging tips. She will also be discussing and signing her recently released book, Floral Diplomacy at the White House. Books will be available for purchase.

Sponsored by NETMGA, this program is free and open to the public.



NETMGA General Meeting

Monday, June 5

New Extension Building

140 Spurgeon Lane, Blountville

6:00 Networking – Feel free to bring a covered dish to share.

6:30 Program begins


Our speaker will be Camille Cody from Serenity Knoll Farms, presenting the program “Cut Flower Gardening.”



Do you want to become a Master Gardener?


Mark your calendar! New classes will begin in September.

The fall classes will be offered Tuesday and Thursday mornings beginning September 5 and ending October 31. They will be held in Blountville at the new Extension Office Building.

For more details, or to get your name on the list, contact Chris Ramsey.

423‐279-2723  cwramsey@utk.edu


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.



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