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, April 1

6:30 pm 

Ron Ramsey Agricultural Center


Details to be Announced




Current Master Gardeners can earn CEU credits by attending the

new Master Gardener classes. Contact Chris if you have questions.


2024 MG Class Schedule.pdf
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Washington County Extension


February 20th Backyard Fruit: Growing Blueberries 6:00pm-7:30pm

Learn how to grow blueberries in your backyard.

Location: Jonesborough Farm Bureau Basement Meeting room.

In-person Registration: https://tiny.utk.edu/inpersonblueberry

Zoom Registration: https://tiny.utk.edu/homeblueberry


February 27th 3 Season Vegetable Gardening: Planning a 3 Season Veg Garden 6:00-7:30pm

Learn about the 3 vegetable gardening seasons in Northeast Tennessee and how you can take advantage of them.

Zoom Only! https://tiny.utk.edu/3seasonplanning


March 12th 3 Season Vegetable Gardening: Vegetable Transplants 6:00pm-7:30pm

Learn how to grow your own vegetable transplants to have the varieties you want in your garden.

Location: Jonesborough Farm Bureau Basement Meeting room

In-person Registration https://tiny.utk.edu/inpersontransplant

Zoom registration:  https://tiny.utk.edu/3seasontransplants



Right Tree, Right Place Seminar

Thursday March 7

8:00 – 3:00

140 Spurgeon Lane, Blountville


Contact Chris Ramsey with questions. 423-574-1919, cwramsey@utk.edu

Register by March 1 using the form below.


Doc - Feb 8 2024 - 8-56 PM.pdf
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Highlights from the Annual Award Banquet

NETMGA members recorded over 10,600 hours for 2023. Members participated in 13 ongoing community service projects, many short term or one-time events, and other administrative duties.

Forty six members volunteered 100 or more hours : 


Elaine Adams

Donna Fowler

Christine Loveday

Nancy Shilling

Terri Agold

Teresa Gaffner

Vernon Maddux

Clarke Shugart

Patricia Altman

David Gostomski

Bonnie Manning

Janet Smith

Jinni Authier-Wilberding

Lauren Hagy

Brenda McKinnis

Rose Thomas

Andrea Belcher

Michelle Hejny

Monty McLaurin

Julie Underwood

Susan Breitling

John Hitchcock

Phyllis Morgan

Marcia Vandermause

Mary Cain

Earl Hockin

Gene Morgan

Barbara Voigt

Mary Carr

Ben Hunter

Maureen Mulroy

Carl Voigt

Don Davis

Jodi Jones

Kathleen O’Lenic

Delette Walker

Edith Early

Earlene Kun

Paulina Peralta

Wes Walker

Sara Elsea

Betts Leach

Karen Rowell 

Susan Young

Karen Fleenor

Jeanne Lilly







Many of our 100 Plus Hour Volunteers Enjoying the Award Dinner



Ann Baker and Ben Hunter were recognized for 20 years of service.


Six members received 15 year badges: Mary Forbes, Earlene Kun, Bonnie Manning, Kathy Waldo, Delette Walker, Joletta Woodward.


Six members achieved Lifetime Status by completing 10 years: Patsy Brown, Sharon Good, Nancy Ledford, Maureen Mulroy, Patricia Neas, Nancy Shilling.


Ten members received pins for 5 years of service: Ed Basconi,

Andrea Belcher, Carol Bittinger, Mary Cain, Gina Clark, Grace Clark, Diane Davison, Coril-la Johnson, Carol Ludiker, Sherry Ragsdale.


Six members achieved VIP status with three years of service: Frank DiCarlo, Susan DiCarlo, Ana Fernandez, Debra Harris,

Emily LeMieux, Laura Robertson.



Twenty six people completed their internships and are now

Certified Master Gardeners: Patricia Altman, Paula Archer,

Jinni Authier-Wilberding, Paul Baggett, Judi Belzer, Susan Breitling, Terri Caple, Zack Duncan, Andrea Grindstaff, Dana Grist,

Robert Grygotis, Laurin Hagy, Victoria Hamilton, Robin Hill,

Charles Honeycutt, Chris Honeycutt, Valerie Jondahl,

Jacqueline Kracker, Cathy Maggard, Karen Moran, Harold Morrison, Pauline Peralta, Joanne Smith, David Sparks, Marie Taylor,

Rose Thomas




2/10/24 Check out the newest Trusty Trowel newsletter which includes timely tips for your spring gardening from Extension Agent Adam Watson. ( Click on Trusty Trowel in the top banner.) 










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