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.
“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”
2014 Master Gardener Classes
University of Tennessee Extension will begin the yearly Master Gardener Training Course in January 2014. 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 will 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, 2013 until December 21, 2013. For more information and the application form, 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.
2013 Hamilton County Fair
We hope you enjoyed the Master Gardener of Hamilton County’s exhibit at the 2013 Hamilton County Fair at Chester Frost Park.
- Tree Health & Disease
- Proper Pruning
- Chattanooga’s Native Trees
- Oaks Over Hamilton
- Mulching Do’s & Don’ts
- Stop Crape Myrtle Murder
- Tree Habitats
The exhibit also included twelve theme trees decorated to the represent each month of the year, a Bonsai exhibit and demonstration, and a Question and Answer table to help you with your gardening questions.
To view a slideshow of photos from the exhibit and for links to information to help you “Treasure Your Trees”, click here.
Gardening Specialty License Plate
The Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs (TFGC) has introduced a new specialty license plate for “Tennessee Gardeners”. The plate is for those people in garden clubs, master gardeners, landscapers, and all people inspired by all types of gardening. The money will be used for TFGC conservation efforts throughout Tennessee.
For more information, click here.
The Chattanooga Herbies meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Ag Center, 6183 Adamson Circle (just off of Bonny Oaks Drive). Master Gardeners, friends, and anyone interested in herbs are welcome to attend and Master Gardeners can earn continuing education and teaching credits for participating. For information, contact Jane Goodin at 423-834-1748 or email@example.com.
Chattanooga Regional Hosta Society
The Chattanooga Regional Hosta Society meets at 1:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at East Ridge Community Center. Master Gardeners and anyone interested in growing beautiful Hosta and learning about companion plants are welcome. If you have questions, contact Shirley McMasters at 423-344-5876 or visit the Chattanooga Regional Hosta Society website.
Tennessee Valley Wild Ones
Are you interested in plants native to this area or have you always had a soft spot for wildflowers? The Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Wild Ones was designed for you. The meetings are usually held on the first Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at various locations and destinations. Check the program schedule at Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones.
Tennessee Valley Bonsai Society
The objectives of the group are as follows:
- To promote knowledge, interest, education, and the enjoyment of bonsai and other living plant materials.
- To improve members’ collections and exhibitions of bonsai.
- To develop learning opportunities to assist members in the preparation and care of bonsai.
- To raise awareness of bonsai in the community through public service, communications and other activities such as demonstrations for the general public
Tennessee Valley Daylily Society
The Tennessee Valley Daylily Society is dedicated to the enjoyment of growing daylilies, the perfect perennial, and to having fun while getting to know other gardeners. The purpose of the TVDS is to:
- promote interest in Hemerocallis
- provide educational opportunities to its membership and the public
- encourage the development and improvement of Hemerocallis by all suitable and appropriate means.
They invite you to become a member. For more information on meetings and becoming a member, go to the TVDS website.