UGA Extension Office

Master Gardeners

What is the Master Gardener Extension Volunteer (MGEV) Program?
For an overview of the MGEV Program, please take a look at this MGEV FAQ.

Apply to become a Clayton County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer!
Applications are available now for the 2018 South Metro Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program. Click here to download the application packet. Return the completed packet along with payment for the program by November 1, 2017 at 5 p.m. to be considered. If you have questions, please call 770-473-5434.


Master Gardener Extension Volunteers Contribute to the Community

Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) help educate homeowners and gardeners by answering their lawn and garden questions; diagnosing plant problems; recommending appropriate plants for specific growing conditions; and helping our community clients achieve satisfying results from their landscapes and gardens. MGEVs accomplish these goals by volunteering at the Master Gardener Help Desk; making site visits; giving presentations or lectures to the public; participating in annual public events, such as fairs, expos, and other Extension or Ask a Master Gardener events; teaching classes and workshops; and maintaining public gardens. MGEVs also provide hands-on training at demonstration and education gardens.

Community Classes and Events

UGA Extension, Clayton County offers many classes, some of which are taught by Master Gardeners. A full list of our agriculture and natural resources classes and events can be found here.

Community Gardens and School Gardens
Planning an Edible Garden (C 1027-1) This publication describes three steps for planning a school garden: garden location, soil and terrain, and choosing crops.
Growing Fruits (C 1027-10) Community gardens designed to provide locally grown food for families can be used to grow fruits in addition to the more commonly grown vegetables. There are many common and lesser-known fruits that are suited for planting in community garden situations.
Sources of Water for the Garden (C 1027-11) This publication discusses the advantages and disadvantages of various sources of water for a community or school garden, including municipal water, rivers or creeks, ponds, wells and rainwater.
Irrigation (C 1027-12) This publication describes irrigation methods suitable for community or school gardens, including overhead sprinklers, hand watering and drip irrigation.
Weed Control (C 1027-13) This publication describes weed control methods that are appropriate for community and school gardens.
Extending the Crop Season: Unheated Spaces (C 1027-14) This publication describes common myths about cold protection and provides options for protecting plants from the cold in community and school gardens, including cold frames, row covers and hoop houses.
Siting a Garden (C 1027-2) This publication provides recommendations for properly siting a school or community garden, taking into account sunlight exposure, water availability, slope, garden access, tool storage, compost bins and other amenities.
Raised Beds vs. In-Ground Gardens (C 1027-3) This publication describes the advantages and disadvantages of raised bed and in-ground gardens and may be used as a guide when planning a community or school garden project.
Raised Garden Bed Dimensions (C 1027-4) This publication helps determine the ideal dimensions of raised beds for community and school gardens by focusing on three things: materials, slope and accessibility.
Raised Bed Materials (C 1027-5) This publication describes the advantages and disadvantages of various materials used for building raised beds, including types of wood, composite materials, recycled materials, and kits.
Less Expensive Sources of Plant Material, Amendments and Tools (C 1027-6) This publication offers advice on finding less expensive sources of plant material, amendments and tools for community and school gardens.
Garden Sheds (C 1027-7) This publication provides information about storage sheds for community and school gardens, including local building codes, siting a shed, and alternatives to traditional sheds.
Stocking the Toolshed: Hand Tools (C 1027-8) This publication describes the types and quantities of hand tools that work best for community and school gardens, including shovels, rakes, trowels, hand pruners, gloves, children's tools, and carts and wheelbarrows.
Garden Fencing (C 1027-9) This publication describes options for fencing a community or school garden, including fence types and materials.
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