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.
Public Classes offered by the MGHC Education Committee
The Education Committee of the MGHC offers classes on varying topics on the third Saturday morning each month. These classes are open to the public and are generally free.
- May 21st, “Shade Gardening” taught by Shirley McMasters
- June 18th, “Daylilies” taught by Peggy Dyer
- July 16, “Hydrangeas” taught by Freeman Powell
- August 20, “Rain Gardens” taught by Mike Payne
- September 17, “Straw Bale Gardening” taught by Robbie Summerour
- October 15, “Trees-Their Value and the Importance of Keeping Them Healthy in Your Yard” taught by Tom Stebbins
- November 19, “Live Wreath Making Class”
29th Annual Spring Garden Tour
We are certain you will be inspired by both private and public gardens presented on our 29th annual Spring Garden Tour benefiting the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Each garden represents a work of art and love. We join our gardeners in welcoming you to celebrate the spring season with a leisurely stroll among perennials, herbs, and native wildflowers. The gardens offer ideas on how to use sculpture and artifacts, water features, and stonework.
2016 Garden Expo
The 4th Annual ‘Master Your Garden’ Garden Expo was a great success. Once again Camp Jordan Arena was filled with wonderful vendors and exhibitors. And, we had an amazing community turnout! Our seminars were a big hit thanks to our knowledgeable speakers.
We are looking forward to the 5th Annual Expo to be held in April 2017! Hope to see you there.
The list of vendors and societies that participated in the 2016 Expo is available here.
21st Beginners and Newcomers Class
The Beginners and Newcomers Class is over for this year. Click here to see an overview of the class. Keep your Tuesdays in March 2017 open if you would like to attend next year’s class.
MGHC Friends Mail List
We are proud to announce a new mailing list called MGHC Friends. This list is used by the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County to disseminate items of interest to our gardening friends and neighbors. These items include announcements for upcoming classes that are open to the public (and generally free), gardening tips and tricks, seasonal gardening tips, garden shows and more. Click here to join the list.
2017 Master Gardener Classes
Want to become a Master Gardener? The next Master Gardener Training Course, offered by the University of Tennessee Extension, will begin in January 2017. Two sessions will be offered: Monday evenings or Tuesday mornings. 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. Click here for more information about the program and the registration form.