UGA Extension Office

Junior Master Gardeners


Our Program

The Carroll County Junior Master Gardeners is a program for children ages 9-12 interested in gardening.  We do a variety of activities including planting herbs and vegetables, planting seeds, and learning about the plants along the Buffalo Creek Trail. The December meeting is our yearly community service project.  We make wreaths and decorate small Christmas trees and then take them to the Trinka Davis Veterans Center in Carrollton GA.  The children also sing Christmas songs. This has become one of our favorite events during the year.

Camp Dirty Knees was started in 2005 as a kickoff to the JMG program, and has been a summer tradition with many of the children. We have several teenage youth counselors who ‘graduated’ from the JMG group and now volunteer to help the younger children with their activities. Every year, our roster of 40 campers is full, and often has a waiting list.

We introduced two new programs in September 2016. The first is Sprouts. This program is for children ages 6-8 who are interested in gardening.  We will be reading stories and doing a project that goes along with the story. They will be learning about composting, seeds, and soil.

The second new program is Teen Master Gardeners. This program is for teenagers ages 13-16. Many of our Junior Master Gardeners would like to continue with the program so this was created just for them.  They will be learning about different types of soil, leadership skills, and water saving skills while continuing their education on gardening.

Sprouts, Junior Master Gardeners, and Teen Master Gardeners meet monthly from September - April on the second Monday of each month.  Meeting times are 4:30pm to 6:00pm. There is no charge for these three programs.

For more information on Junior Master Gardeners, please contact Elaine DeMarce at or

For more information on the Junior Master Gardeners, visit the JMG National Site.


To join the Carroll County program, contact our office for more information at (770) 836-8546.