How to become a Northeast Tennessee Master Gardener
The University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service provides training for future Master Gardeners. Classes (14) begin in the fall of the year and meet for ten weeks with the classes alternating from day to evening in successive years. The location of the classes changes, but tends to be in the middle of the region. A horticultural notebook is provided as part of the class fee charged to attendees. Extension agents and other experts share their knowledge and experience. Certificates of attendance are issued to those who complete the required number of classes. To obtain a Master Gardener Certificate, 40 volunteer hours and 8 continuing education units must be completed within the first year. To retain certification, each Master Gardener must complete 25 volunteer hours and 8 continuing education credits each year.
Chris Ramsey, the Sullivan County Extension Agent, is the program advisor. Contact him at 279-2723 for additional information or to sign up for the program.