The Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Program

They’re here! Applications for the 2021 Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Program (TEMG) in Shelby County are now available and will be accepted through July 31, 2020. If you possess a passion for learning about horticulture and sharing that knowledge with others, then this is the program for you!

The Shelby County Master Gardener program is a fifteen-week horticulture-based educational lecture series that will provide volunteers with the tools and training needed to offer horticultural education to the community with the support of the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee State University (UT-TSU) Shelby County Extension office.  Horticultural topics will be presented by UT-TSU Extension agents, specialists, Extension Master Gardeners and other local experts in their respective fields. Students (interns) will attend classes from January until April.  Interns will learn a wide variety of gardening topics from landscape design to vegetable gardening and woody ornamentals. The 2021 Extension Master Gardener program will meet once a week on Tuesday evening from 6 to 9 pm. The fee for this 45-hour course is $150.

Interns agree to provide 40 hours of service through the local Extension Office and the TEMG group within a year of completing intern training. They will then assist with providing the public with research-based information on lawn and garden topics.

Extension Master Gardeners support UT-TSU Extension by answering gardening and pest management questions at the county Extension office, working with youth and horticulture through 4-H and Junior Master Gardeners as well as planning garden events and tours, just to name a few.

Applications are available at the Shelby County Extension Office and on the Memphis Area Master Gardener’s website at

Becoming a Master Gardener volunteer provides access to UT research and resources and provides opportunities to share your personal passion with our community to improve their lives now and for generations to come!

Pick up an application today and become a part of this rewarding and exciting program!

For more information about the Extension Master Gardener program here in Shelby County, please contact me at 901-752-1207.

Hope to see you in the 2021 Master Gardener Class!

Programs in agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, and resource development. University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture and county governments cooperating. UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

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    Agricenter International - Suite B, Box 21
    7777 Walnut Grove Rd,
    Memphis TN 38120.
    Phone: 901-752-1207 Fax: 901-752-6240