UGA Extension Office

Master Gardener


What Are We?

The Master Gardener program in Georgia is a volunteer training program designed to help University of Georgia Cooperative Extension staff transfer research-based information about gardening and related subjects to the public by training home gardeners. Master Gardener Extension Volunteers are active in many Georgia counties. Through this program, Cooperative Extension is able to reach out and serve more citizens with educational programming and demonstrations that target environmental stewardship, home food production, gardening with youth, value of landscapes, and health benefits of gardening.

What Do We Do?

Through this program, individuals are trained in horticulture and related areas. These individuals volunteer their expertise, under the direction of our Cooperative Extension staff, to help educate others through Extension-approved horticultural programs and projects that benefit our community. Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers bring the latest horticultural information and practices from the world of research to our community’s landscapes and gardens. As volunteer educators, Master Gardeners engage in volunteer activities like: answering plant questions over the phone, in person or by e-mail; conducting environmental gardening demonstrations or presentations; staffing plant clinics; maintaining compost and gardening demonstration sites; writing for newsletters or newspapers; youth gardening activities; and other community gardening projects. [include any additional, specific activities such as a list of local projects and a brief description]

How Can You Become a Master Gardener?

Georgia residents have the opportunity to become a Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer in [Your County]. To prepare you for your volunteer role, Extension offers 40 hours of basic horticulture training that must be completed prior to volunteering. The training covers topics ranging from landscape design, plant propagation and turf, to different programs such as nuisance wildlife control. Participants take a mid-term exam and will be required to pass a final exam on the material covered. Classes usually form either in the spring or fall [specify for your county]. Interested volunteer candidates should contact the Cooperative Extension office for application materials. Again, the intent of the program is to train volunteers in subjects that will prepare them to assist our local county Extension Staff.

What Can You Do Through This Program?

This is a wonderful place to provide information about the projects MGEVs are participating in and how these projects enrich the community or provide support to local citizens. Project names and involvement are easily accessible through MGLOG. Include local program statistics and local program project summaries, also information that can be drawn from MGLOG. Also, it would be great to include pictures and brief explanations of the projects MGEVs are working on! Ask your MGEVs to help out by providing pictures they may have taken.

Soil Testing Services

Soil Testing for Home Lawns, Gardens, and Wildlife Food Plots

Soils tests provide information on the soil’s actual nutrient status. Test results are used to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth of lawn, garden, and other types of plants.

A good soil sample should be representative of the area: backyard, front yard, shrubs, trees, etc. For information on how to take a soil sample, visit Soil Testing in Georgia website.

Cost: 8.00 for each routine sample. Extension office only accepts cash or check at this time for payment. Samples should be dropped off at the Chatham County Office at 17 Minus Ave, Garden City, GA or Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, 2 Canebrake Rd.

Results will be emailed or mailed 10- 14 days telling you what kind of fertilizer to use and when to use it, how much and more.

Soil can be tested any time during the year: however, be sure to sample well in advance of planting or spring greenup. This is important on areas where lime is likely to be needed.

Sampling Protocol for Testing Drinking Water

Water Sample Costs:
Basic Water Test $22.00
Lead Test $40.00
E-coil Test $36.00 (must be accepted for analysis within 24 hours of collection time). Next day shipping add extra $10.00 to fee.Shipping label and special bottle are available at extension office.

Ag Services:


Greenhouse Notes

A quarterly newsletter for Coastal Master Gardener Assocation members

Spring 2020

Summer 2020

Chatham County Extension is currently closed to public access

Our office is closed to the public at this time. You can call the office 912-652-7981 to leave a message and someone will get back to you.

You can send gardening, lawn questions to be sure to include any pictures if you can, phone number, general information on your concerns.

Soil samples are still being processed by the Soil Lab in Athens. It may take longer for results to be returned, since they are working with limited staff. Soil Samples may be dropped off by appointment only. Please call 912-652-7981

Stay safe and wash your PAWS!