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What does a Master Gardener do?

Tennessee Master Gardeners (TMG's) are trained volunteers that participate in the community to educate and train the public in the latest gardening information and techniques.

These volunteers, known as Master Gardeners, aid the Extension Service by running plant clinics; answering phone requests for horticultural information; establishing and maintaining demonstration gardens; working with the handicapped, youth, the elderly, and other special groups in the community; designing and implementing community involvement projects; as well as coordinating Master Gardener training programs.

The purpose of the Master Gardener program is to train citizens as horticultural-educated volunteers of The University of Tennessee Extension and the Tennessee State Cooperative Extension Program to work in partnership with their counties to expand the educational outreach by providing home gardeners with researched-based information.


  • Develop educational programs and activities related to gardening and nature
  • Educational Seminars
  • Plant Clinics
  • Writing News Articles
  • Community Garden Programs
  • Answering Questions One-on-One
  • Creating Demonstration Gardens
  • Fundraising for Better Environmental Projects
    ...and many more!

TMG volunteers serve all community groups:

  • Civic Organizations
  • Youth Programs
  • Community Pantry Programs
  • Enabling Programs
  • Environmental Organizations
  • Community Officials
  • Fair Associations
  • Garden Clubs
  • Public Libraries
    ...and many more!

Some Recent Educational Programs taught by TMG Volunteers:

  • Vegetable Gardening & Edible Landscaping
  • Problem Solving in the Garden
  • Landscape & Garden Design
  • Pond Gardening
  • Water Wise Landscaping
  • Container and Small Space Gardening
  • Great Perennials for Tennessee
  • Pruning Trees
  • Landscaping with Native Plants
  • Attracting Winter Wildlife to the Yard
    ...and many more!


Contact Us

Tennessee Master Gardeners
The Univ. of Tennessee
Plant Sciences Dept.
252 Ellington PSB
2431 Joe Johnson Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865/974-7324
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