The 2020 Big Spring/UT Extension Greene County Master Gardener classes begin on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 and continue through April 16, 2020 (there are snow dates built into this schedule). Sessions are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., at the Greene County UT Extension Office. The fee for the program is $175.00, which includes an extensive Master Gardener Handbook, official name badge, hand lens, and other related materials. Individuals applying and submitting payment by October 31, 2019 receive a 20% discount, bringing the registration fee to $140.00. The total registration cost will resume $175.00 on November 1st, so register early!
Tennessee Master Gardeners (TMG's) are trained volunteers who help the UT Extension Office provide information and educate the public in home horticulture. Prospective TMG’s attend 40 hours of horticultural classes and are required to volunteer 40 hours of community service the first year (25 hours community service and eight hours of continuing education (CEU's) every year thereafter) through the Extension Office to complete their training.
The University of Tennessee sponsors the Tennessee Master Gardener Program. The main goal of the Master Gardener program is to enhance the availability of horticultural information and to improve the quality of life within community gardens and landscapes through educational programs. These volunteers aid the UT Extension Office by managing the Master Gardener lab (help desk) located at the UT Extension Office. They provide requests for UT horticultural information; establish and maintain demonstration gardens throughout the county; and design and implement community involvement projects. They also coordinate educational Master Gardener programs for the public on various horticultural related topics.
Programs the Big Spring Master Gardeners are currently involved with include the Boys and Girls Club Demonstration Garden, New Hope Cemetery Restoration and Landscape Project, and the Tabernacle Mission Soup Kitchen Demonstration Garden located at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church. They also participate in the local county fair, Tennessee Home Garden Variety trials, Kid’s Day on the Farm, and various venues throughout the county promoting horticulture projects. They planted a blueberry variety trial, in conjunction with a research trial vegetable garden at Greeneville’s UT Research and Education Center earlier this spring. They attend various educational demonstrations and conferences throughout the year to facilitate individual leadership growth and enhance the educational experience for the overall organization.
Applications, as well as a class schedule can be picked up at the UT Extension Office or printed from the website below. Applications and full payment accepted through February 1, 2020, upon acceptance into class (don’t forget the Early Bird deal by October 31, 2020)! Contact Melody Rose, Master Gardener Coordinator/UT Extension Agent, at (423) 798-1710 for additional information or visit the Big Spring Master Gardener website at: