If accepted into the Master Gardener program in your county, you will attend a Master Gardener training course. Classes are taught by Agricultural Extension Service specialists, staff, and local experts.
The program offers a minimum of 50 hours of instruction that covers topics including lawn care; ornamental trees and shrubs; insects, disease, and weed management; soils and plant nutrition; vegetable gardening; home fruit protection; garden flowers; and water conservation. The training is offered at various times during the year.
In exchange for training, participants are asked to volunteer time to their County Extension program. The type of service done by Master Gardeners varies according to community needs, and the abilities and interests of the Master Gardeners. Some Master Gardeners answer telephone requests for information related to gardening. Others staff plant clinics or displays in shopping malls or community centers. Master Gardeners may speak to local groups and conduct workshops. They may help establish community garden projects, work with 4-H youth, or assist their agent with other activities related to gardening. The Master Gardener Coordinator in the County Extension office decides how volunteer time can be best utilized.
Hardeman County Master Gardeners are representatives of the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service. In all volunteer work related to the program, Master Gardeners follow the research-based recommendations of the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service.
Participants become certified Master Gardeners after they have completed the training course and fulfilled their volunteer commitment.