Who are Tennessee Master Gardeners?
The Master Gardener Program is offered by The University of Tennessee Extension. Its main goal is to increase the availability of horticultural information to improve quality of life with community garden/landscape programs. This is only possible through the training and utilization of volunteers, known as Master Gardeners. The Memphis Area Master Gardeners (MAMG) provide services to Shelby County under the supervision of the University of Tennessee Shelby County Extension Service.
Memphis Area Master Gardeners provide services for many community and civic organizations, including the ones below:
- PAR Collierville Victory Garden
- Oaklawn Garden Arboretum
- Davies Manor Plantation
- Lichterman Nature Center
- Memphis Botanic Garden
- Dixon Garden and Galleries
- Memphis Zoo
What Does a Master Gardener Do?
- Developing educational programs/activities related to urban horticulture
- Conducting educational seminars
- Designing and implementing Community Involvement Projects
- Coordinating Master Gardener training programs
- Working with the handicapped, the youth, the elderly and other special groups in the community
- Providing Plant Clinics
- Answering phone requests for horticultural information
- Writing news articles
- Establishing and Maintaining Demonstration Gardens
- Conducting fundraising for better environmental projects
- Spring Fling Seminars including Native Plants, Urban Chickens, Gardening for Cut Flowers, and Plants of the Ancient World
- Plant Camp- Junior Master Gardeners
- Safety in the Garden
- Container Gardening
- Spring Ephemerals
- Fruits, Vegetables, Figs for the Urban Gardener
- Talking Dirt-Soil Basics & Compost
- How Your Plants Grow
- Tomatoes & Other Nightshades
- Tools, Picks & Pans
- Recycle Right: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Is This Program for You?
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you have an interest in any of the volunteer areas mentioned above?
- Do you have a desire to share the joy of gardening with others?
- Do you want to teach others more about nature and their environment?
- Do you have 80 hours this year to train (40 hours in a classroom setting) and volunteer (40 hours) for your community?
If you answered “Yes” to these questions, please contact your Memphis Area Master Gardener Volunteer Program or apply when applications are open.