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Becoming a Master Gardener in Tennessee

University of Tennessee and Tennessee State University Extension of Cheatham County is excited to announce the upcoming Master Gardener program. The program trains and certifies volunteer who provide community services through the Cheatham County Extension Office. Master Gardeners are trained, certified volunteers for both the University of Tennessee and Tennessee State University.

Tennessee Extension Master Gardeners (TEMG’s) are trained volunteers that help the Extension Service share the latest and greatest gardening information! All volunteers are trained with approximately 40 hours of horticultural classes and return 40 hours of volunteer community service through the Cheatham County Extension Office.

The Master Gardener Program is offered locally in Ashland City. Its main goal is to increase the availability of horticultural information to improve the quality of life with community garden/ landscape programs and projects.

There are approximately 94,865 active Master Gardener volunteers in both the US and Canada. Cheatham County is the home to approximately 50 active volunteers. Locally our volunteers make about a $50,000 impact on Cheatham County.

Master gardeners have a love of gardening and a passion to share it with others! The training program has classes in: basic botany, soil, insects, lawns, herbaceous ornamentals, diseases, vegetable gardening, landscape design, backyard wildlife, and lawn and garden equipment. The classes are all taught by either Extension Agents or Master Gardeners.

Just like every other aspect of gardening, the most important part of the Master Gardener program is getting outside and making things happen.

The Master Gardener program will be held on Monday evenings beginning on September 16 and going until November 25. A complete registration packet is available on or by calling 615-792-4420. Space is limited and the registration deadline is September 2.

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