UGA Extension Office

Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program

What does it mean to be a MGEV?

Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) are trained volunteers with unique skills and abilities, who share a love of plants and gardens and enthusiasm for learning. They are a variety of ages, personalities, and professions united by a passion for teaching others. MGEVs are volunteer educators who represent UGA Extension.

The purpose of the Georgia MGEV program is to assist UGA Extension in providing unbiased horticultural information through volunteer community service and consumer horticulture programming. The mission of the MGEV program and that of Extension is to connect the community with research-based, unbiased information.

How do you earn the MGEV title?

Step 1: Application & Selection
This process is handled by Extension Offices since it is the local offices that conduct the Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program training course. Included in this step is the completion of a few forms and an interview with the local Extension Office. 

Step 2: Training & Exams
This step prepares selected MGEV Trainees for their volunteer role. MGEV Trainees complete 42 hours of core horticultural training and two exams. 

Step 3: Volunteer Service
Within the first year after training, the MGEV Trainee completes 50 hours of volunteer service. After completing 50 hours on Extension-approved projects that support MGEV program initiatives, the Trainee is recognized as an official MGEV. To remain a current, active MGEV, volunteers give at least 25 hours of volunteer service hours each year and track their accomplishments using an online recordkeeping system. 

How do I apply to be a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer?

Some basic experience and knowledge is preferable, but we welcome enthusiastic people who want to share their love of plants with their communities through Extension programming and consumer horticulture projects. If you have the time and commitment to learn and want to put your knowledge and skills to work through volunteer service, register for one of our interest meetings below for guidance on the application and screening process. For more questions please send an email to

To download the application click here.

Master Gardener Extension Volunteers' Trip to the State Botanical Garden in Athens

Enjoying a nice March day with our Clayton County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers. We visited the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. Beautiful collection of plants indoor and outdoor. 

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