They’re here! Applications for the 2020 Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Program (TEMG) in Shelby County are now available and will be accepted through July 31st, 2019. 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 UT-TSU County Extension office. Horticultural topics in the lecture series will be presented by UT-TSU Extension agents, specialists, Extension Master Gardeners and other local experts in their respective fields. Students are classified as interns during training and will attend classes from January into April. Interns will learn a wide variety of gardening topics from plant nutrition to botany and woody ornamentals. The 2020 Extension Master Gardener program will meet once a week on Wednesday morning from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The fee for this 45-hour course is $150.
There are many ways Extension Master Gardeners support the UT-TSU Extension Office and the community. Memphis Area Master Gardeners (MAMG) show their support by answering gardening and pest management questions at the county Extension office, working with youth and horticulture through 4-H and Junior Master Gardeners and planning garden show and tours, just to name a few.
Upon completion of the Shelby County Master Gardener program, interns agree to provide 40 hours of service through the local Extension Office and the TEMG group within a year of completing intern training. Graduates will continue to provide and promote research-based information on lawn and garden topics to the public throughout their Master Gardener career.
Applications are available at the Shelby County Extension Office, local libraries and on the MAMG website at www.memphisareamastergardeners.org.
Becoming a Master Gardener volunteer grants 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, which has a positive impact on our community! 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 2020 Master Gardener Class!