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July 18, 2018 - Clayton County Extension is now accepting applications to participate in the 2019 Master Gardener Extension Volunteer training program. The deadline for applying is Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Apply today! 

Clayton County UGA Extension
Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Training Program
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What is the Master Gardener Extension Volunteer (MGEV) Program?
The MGEV program is an educational community outreach service program directed by the University of Georgia and county Extension offices. Just as Cooperative Extension helps extend the educational mission of UGA, Master Gardener Extension Volunteers help extend the educational mission of Cooperative Extension to homeowners, gardeners, and the community in each participating county.

How can I become a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer?
Interested Clayton County residents may obtain an application for the 2019 training program on our website,, or by calling 770-473-5434. The cost for the program is $120.00. A few partial scholarships are available for qualified applicants with a financial need. Completed applications and payment for the program are due by Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Clayton County Extension personnel and Clayton County MGEV leaders may invite applicants for an interview.

Where and when will Clayton County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer training take place?
In 2019, Clayton County will join with Henry County and Spalding County for our training program. Classes will be held from January 07 - March 25, 2019, on Mondays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., on a rotating basis at the Extension offices in Henry County and Spalding County.

What do MGEVs do?
Master Gardener Extension Volunteers 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 and teaching classes and workshops. MGEVs also get to play in the dirt at community and school gardens.

Who can be a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer?
The MGEV program is open to adults with an interest in gardening and natural resource conservation, and a commitment to educating the community about gardening through volunteer service.

How much time is involved in being a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer?
MGEV candidates must successfully complete a 50-hour training course, followed by a 12-month period during which they must contribute 50 hours of volunteer service to Clayton County MGEV and Extension projects. After completing the coursework and first 50 hours of service, MGEVs must contribute at least 25 hours of service on approved Clayton County MGEV and/or Extension projects each calendar year to remain active.

What are the benefits of being a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer?
MGEVs enjoy the satisfaction of helping to beautify the county, educate community members, and elevate the quality of life for Clayton County residents. They also gain new friends, improve their gardening knowledge and skills, have opportunities for further training and advanced learning, and enjoy social gatherings with fellow MGEVs.

Extension Publications
Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines (B 987) This publication focuses on native trees, shrubs and woody vines for Georgia. It is not our intent to describe all native species — just those available in the nursery trade and those that the authors feel have potential for nursery production and landscape use. Rare or endangered species are not described. Information on each plant is provided according to the following categories: Common Name(s)/Botanical Name/Family, Characteristics, Landscape Uses, Size, Zones and Habitat.
Vegetable Garden Calendar (C 943) The recommendations in this circular are based on long-term average dates of the last killing frost in the spring and first killing frost in the fall. Every year does not conform to the "average," so you should use your own judgment about advancing or delaying the time for each job, depending on weather conditions.
Key to Diseases of Oaks in the Landscape (B 1286) This publication contains a guide to diseases of oak trees in the landscape.
Millipedes and Centipedes (B 1088) Millipedes and centipedes do not carry diseases that affect people, animals or plants. Millipedes do occasionally damage seedlings by feeding on stems and leaves, and may enter homes in large numbers during periods of migration and become a considerable nuisance. They do not cause damage inside the home, although they may leave a stain if they are crushed. Centipedes, which have poison glands and can bite, pose an occasional threat to humans.
Landscape Plants for Georgia (B 625) This publication includes a list of good plants for Georgia organized into various sizes and groups. The design qualities of plants—their form, size, color and texture—are emphasized according to the principles and requirements of good landscape design and plant maintenance. Hardiness and disease and insect resistant qualities are also considered.
Growing Indoor Plants with Success (B 1318) Interior plants are an ideal way to create attractive and restful settings while enhancing our sense of well being. In addition, houseplants can be a satisfying hobby and can help purify the air in our homes. To be a successful indoor gardener, you need to understand how the interior environment affects plant growth and how cultivation differs from growing plants outdoors.
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Master Gardener Extension Volunteers
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