UGA Extension Office

Become a Master Gardener!

Thank you for your interest in our Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Training program.  We only offer this program once a year, based on local interest.  The next training is planned for February - March 2021.  Please contact our office and we can add you to our list to receive an application for the next training program.  

In the meantime, please join us for any of our free home and garden seminars offered throughout the year. 

Is becoming a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer for you?
Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I want to learn more about plants, growing things, and gardening?
  • Am I eager to participate in a practical and intensive training program?
  • Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community?
  • Do I have enough time to attend the training & complete my volunteer work?

To Apply: Download application online (Class of 2020 has been postponed to 2021)

***Please note the application is a fillable form, but you CANNOT save the form data on your computer unless you have the full version of Adobe Acrobat installed.  Be sure to print the completed application BEFORE you exit out of the program to avoid loosing the form data.*** 

Or, contact us at 770-387-5142 to request an application by mail.

Application Deadline: November 30, 2020

  • Applicant Selection by: December 31, 2020
  • 2021 Class Schedule: February - March 2021 (Exact Dates TBA)
  • Training Location: Classes will rotate between Cherokee, Bartow, and Paulding County.
  • If selected:  Program fee is $200 due by January 15, 2021

The purpose of the Georgia Master Gardener® program is to assist Cooperative Extension by training volunteers to provide current horticultural information through community service and educational gardening projects using applied research and the resources of the University of Georgia.

If there is a Master Gardener Volunteer Program in your area, you can obtain an application through your local County Extension Office. The only requirement is that you have an interest in some aspect of gardening education and, at the conclusion of training, are willing to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours of service to the county Extension program.

Acceptance of applicants is based upon local county program needs. Upon acceptance, applicants are notified of the location and time that classes will take place. A nominal fee is charged in exchange for volunteer service to a county Extension program. To become a certified Georgia Master Gardener®, class attendance is required and you must pass a mid-term and final exam.

The Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program is coordinated in each county by an Extension agent, and each applicant is responsible to him/her for all classes, volunteer work, etc. Master Gardener Extension Volunteers promote, inform, and work with local communities by:

  • Answering gardening questions at flower shows, libraries, farmer's markets, garden centers, and in the Extension office.
  • Designing & installing public demonstration gardens for education and outreach in the community.
  • Troubleshooting plant cultural problems, weeds, insects, & diseases for homeowners.
  • Teaching communities how to conserve and enjoy their natural resources.
  • Educate youth and adults about gardening through local seminars and workshops.
  • Mentoring teachers on how to establish school gardens and connect with STEM education.

For more information about the Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program, contact your local County Extension office:

  • Bartow County Extension - (770) 387-5142
  • Cherokee County Extension - (770) 721-7803
  • Pickens County Extension - (706) 253-8840
  • Cobb County Extension - (770) 528-4070
  • Paulding County Extension - (770) 443-7616
  • Polk County Extension - (770) 749-2142
  • Gordon County Extension - (706) 629-8685
  • Floyd County Extension - (706) 295-6210

Address & Phone

Bartow County Extension
320 West Cherokee Ave.
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 387-5142
(770) 382-4326 fax


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