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Master Gardener Extension Volunteers

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Master Gardener Extension Volunteers
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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. Through this program, Cooperative Extension is able to reach out and serve more citizens with educational programming and demonstrations. Master Gardener Extension Volunteers complement, enhance, and support on-going Agriculture and Natural Resources educational programs using applied research and the resources of University of Georgia.  The Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program is a county-based volunteer program designed as an educational program delivery system and teaching resource to assist Cooperative Extension with the main goal of addressing community non-commercial, horticulture and gardening issues and needs.


• Available 90 hours in the first year for training and project implementation (25 hours each year thereafter)
• Interest in teaching Georgians about horticulture and gardening
• Basic knowledge of gardening and horticulture preferred
• Enthusiasm
• Ability to communicate with others
• Knowledge of community resources
• Previous volunteer experience a plus


• Participate in appropriate orientation, training, planning, and evaluation sessions (completing the required 40 hours of classroom training before volunteering), and keep up-to-date on the latest horticulture information.
• Complete a University of Georgia Volunteer Agreement and background screening.
• Provide reliable, unbiased information in accordance with published Cooperative Extension resources.
• Promote awareness of Cooperative Extension.
• Maintain records of volunteer service, including hours volunteered, contributions, and results. Report records to the Agent, coordinator, or other supervisor as directed.
• Wear an official UGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteer nametag while volunteering on behalf of UGA.
• Exercise personal integrity as a volunteer.
• Uphold the policies and follow the procedures of the UGA CAES MG Extension Volunteer Program.
• Follow through with completion of educational programs/projects, communicating about problems and successes.
• Identify needs for training and participate as a team member of UGA CAES Extension.
• Participate in approved UGA Extension projects. Indicate on the attached sheet the projects/teams in which you are interested in volunteering.

Training and/or Resources to be provided:
• Master Gardener Extension Volunteer training sessions (40 hours)
• Periodic organizational/ educational meetings
• Master Gardener Extension Volunteer reference manuals available for use in office
• Horticulture library in office
• Consultations with Cooperative Extension staff

• Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Training:  40 hours
• Volunteer Service:  50 hours (about 4-5 hours per month) minimum during the first year after training
• Periodic organizational/ educational meetings: 1-2 hours per month

• Participate in training programs in all aspects of basic horticulture.
• Learn new skills and sharpen old ones.
• Meet and work with other individuals interested in horticulture.
• Receive basic program materials at minimal cost.

Our Master Gardeners in the News

Dazzling Daylilies - From the UGA State Master Gardener Trellis Blog

Since 2004, Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) of Columbus-Muscogee County have been an essential part of the Columbus Botanical Garden (CBG). MGEVs have played a critical role in organizing events, planning and leading school group tours, and conducting plantings that have contributed to the beauty of the garden and the gardening education of the local community. Events at the CBG draw hundreds from the local community and the surrounding area. MGEVs are available to answer people’s plant questions, guide them through the garden, and just be the first welcoming faces for guests. Several MGEVs also serve on the board of directors for the garden, ensuring that the educational and outreach component of their work is carried out at the Botanical Garden. Read More.

Keep Columbus Beautiful tour offers glimpse at hidden gems in Lakebottom - From the Ledger-Enquirer

Keep Columbus Beautiful has done it again as they offer you a look at the secret gardens in historic Lakebottom. This will be your opportunity to see these hidden gems of Columbus during the 2017 Tour of Gardens and Outdoor Spaces. I had the opportunity to drive around the eight designated sites for this year’s tour and it is sure to be an enjoyable experience for the whole family while at the same time promising to be both beautiful and inspiring. Read more.

North Highland Pop-Up Farmers Market provides healthy food in ‘desert’

A new farmers market started Wednesday afternoon at MercyMed of Columbus. The North Highland Pop-Up Farmers Market offered clients of MercyMed and residents of the surrounding neighborhoods a convenient way to shop for fresh, nutritious food. Read more. 

Teen builds garden beds at Fox Elementary to show students how to grow their own food

"We've wanted some raised garden beds for a while," said Yvette Scarborough, the school's principal. "We have a master gardener that's willing to help our kids learn to plant and to grow and to harvest, and so today is the beginning of that project." Read more. 


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