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, Johnson, and Unicoi Counties. Their many activities include information booths at various home and farm shows, answering Ask-a-Master Gardener questions, 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.

Master Gardeners Serving the Community

Discovery Garden at the Hands On! Discovery Center  and Gray Fossil Site

Exchange Place  Living History Farm 

Woodridge Hospital


Membership Meeting

Monday, June 5

Refreshments at 6:00, Program begins at 6:30 

DiCarlo Home, 1039 Savin Falls, Gray TN


NETMGA members are invited to the home of Frank and Sue DiCarlo. Frank DiCarlo will speak on "Gardening from Scratch, What I Learned from my Successes and Mistakes." In addition, Christy Shivell will speak on "Pollinator Gardening using Native Plants."  There will be plants to purchase. 


Please RSVP to Frank & Susan by text to 201-835-5079. 

Carpooling is strongly encouraged due to limited parking.


Packaged snacks and drinks will be provided as refreshments.

If you have a folding lawn chair, please bring it.

Rain Date is Tuesday June 6, same time and place.


Sullivan County Master Gardener Class of 2023

Twenty three people completed the Master Gardener training on May 2:

Patty Altman, Paula Archer, Jinni Authier-Wilberding, Paul Baggett,

Julie Blanton, Susan Breitling, Andreia Carpenter, Justus Fry, Dana Grist, Robert Grygotis, Laurin Hagy, Robin Hill, Susan Johnson, Jacqueline Kracker, Greg Lawson, James Lindfors, Cathy Maggard, Karen Moran,

Harold Morrison, Paulina Peralt, Joanne Smith, Dave Sparks, and

Rose Thomas.


The class has already logged 408 volunteer hours and 88.75 CEU credits.


Six students have achieved Certified Master Gardener status by completing their required volunteer hours and CEU credits: Sue B, Jacqueline, Rose, Paulina, Laurin, and Jinni.  


Congratulation to all, and welcome to NETMGA. 





5/9  Phil Blevins, Washington County VA extension agent, offers advice on carpenter bees. See his article which has been posted in Chris' Column. 


5/8 See a new article about Bagworms in Chris' Column. 






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