Welcome to the Master Gardeners
of Hamilton County website
Despite challenging conditions with soil and climate, gardening is one of the most popular activities. We Master Gardeners are glad to share our knowledge and experience with you through a variety of projects, workshops, and demonstration gardens.
“If I were to name the three most precious resources of life,
I should say books, friends and nature; and the greatest of these,
at least the most constant and always at hand, is nature.”
Naturalist, John Burroughs
19th Annual Beginning & Newcomer Gardening Classes
Well, it is that time of year again. Spring is around the corner and we all are itching to get out in the gardens. Which means it is time for the 19th Annual Beginning & Newcomer Gardening Classes. The classes will be held on March 4, 11, 18 and 25 and will cover topics such as composting, attracting wildlife, herbs, vegetables, annuals and perennials. For more information click here.
MGHC Education Committee Classes
The Education Committee of the MGHC is offering classes on varying topics on the third Saturday morning each month at 10:00am starting on March 15. Topics include soils, composting, tomatoes, containers and minitures in the garden. For more information and to register click here.
2nd Annual “Master Your Garden” Garden Expo – April 12-13, 2014
On April 12-13, 2014, the 2nd Annual “Master Your Garden” Garden Expo will be held at Camp Jordan in East Ridge, TN. The hours will be 10:00 am to 6:00 pm both days. The Garden Expo is presented by the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County.
Until last year, Chattanooga had not had a garden show since 2008. The 1st Annual Garden Expo in 2013 was the perfect venue which brought together businesses from all facets of gardening — nurseries, landscaping, lighting, fertilizer, equipment rental, societies and clubs, crafts and yard art, and much more.
We are currently taking applications from vendors and exhibitors for the 2nd Annual “Master Your Garden” Garden Expo scheduled on April 12–13, 2014. For more information and an application, click here. We look forward to hearing from you and making you a part of this event.
2014 Hamilton County Fair
For the past 20 years, the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County have actively participated in the Hamilton County Fair, providing informative displays of interest to homeowners and professional landscapers in our area. The 2013 “Treasure Your Trees” exhibit was an example of the MGHC organizations commitment to education. The exhibit included displays on Tree Health & Disease, Proper Pruning, Chattanooga’s Native Trees, Oaks Over Hamilton, Mulching Do’s & Don’ts, Stop Crape Myrtle Murder and Tree Habitats. To view a slideshow of photos from the exhibit and for links to information to help you “Treasure Your Trees”, click here.
The 2014 county fair will be held this year on September 27 and 28 at Chester Frost Park. We are already working on our exhibit for this year and promise it will be informative and fun. Please stop by and see us!
2015 Master Gardener Classes
The 2014 classes are full. The next Master Gardener Training Course, offered by the University of Tennessee Extension, will begin in January 2015. This course offers extensive training in gardening. Classes are taught by the highest-quality, trained instructors using research-based information from the University of Tennessee. The classes meet for fifteen weeks, with graduation taking place in April.
The classes bring you the newest and most practical information available on topics related to home gardens and landscapes. Past topics have included wildlife, basic landscaping, flowers, trees, lawns, insects, plant diseases, and many others.
Applications will be accepted beginning on November 1, 2014 for the 2015 class. For more information click here.