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.



Since the Master Gardeners are affiliated with the University of Tennessee, we are required to follow their guidelines regarding COVID 19 restrictions.


The UT System encourages employees and all members of the university community to get vaccinated and educate themselves about CDC guidance. Consistent with CDC guidance, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks or social distance on campus, or in university buildings, outside of a healthcare setting.

If an individual chooses not to vaccinate, the CDC encourages that they continue to wear masks and distance for their own protection. Any individual may choose to wear a mask on campus, regardless of their vaccination status.


Master Gardeners Serving the Community

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

Exchange Place  Living History Farm 

Woodridge Hospital



December Membership Meeting

Monday, December 5

Doors open at 5:30

Program begins at 6:00

Dinner begins at 6:30

Ron Ramsey Regional Agricultural Center

140 Spurgeon Lane, Blountville TN

Cost  $16.00 per person 


Christmas dinner for NETMGA members and guests. See invitation below for more details. Deadline for purchasing tickets is November 28.

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NETMGA Leadership Opportunities


We are looking for a few people to step into positions on the NETMGA Board. Several members are thinking about retiring in January after many years of service. They are willing to mentor anyone who is interested in serving in these vital roles.  We would also like to add assistants for some of our positions. Please contact John Hitchcock, Chairmen of the Nominating Committee, if you would be like more information.  





The 2023 Master Gardener Classes in Sullivan County will begin on Tuesday, January 31 and finish on May 2.  Details are included in the press release.

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CEU Opportunities

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. 




11/7   Do you need help identifying a weed, or a plant disease, or a pesky critter?  See the article "Pest ID available" in Chris' column. 


10/8  New photos and information about The Nature Center at Steele Creek Park can be seen on the Projects and Photo Gallery page.


10/8  Enjoy a fall color tour! See Chris' Column for details on why trees will put on a great show this year.   









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