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.