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2014 Landscape ID Workshop

When: October 7th, 2014,  9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Where: Chattanooga State Community College at the CBIH (Center for Business,Industry, Health)

Click here for seminar flyer.

Click here for seminar registration form.

Workshop Teachers:
Frank Hale, UT Extension (Insect Specialist)
Alan Windham, UT Extension (Disease Specialist)
Greg Breeden, UT Extension (Weed Specialist)
Dr. Tom Samples, UT Extension (Turf Specialist)
Other local experts will be on hand.

Workshop fee:
$20.00 (payable before or on site) No lunch will be included but good snacks will be provided to keep us going strong.

Make check or cash payable to:
UT-Hamilton County Extension
6183 Adamson Circle, Chattanooga, TN 37416

2015 Master Gardener’s Course

University of Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Training 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 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 a complete list of the topics covered in the class.

There will be a choice of evening or morning classes

  • The evening classes meet from 6 pm to 9 pm Monday nights, starting January 5th
  • The morning classes meet from 9 am to noon on Tuesday mornings, starting January 6th.

The classes meet for fifteen weeks, with graduation taking place in April.

The cost of the class is $165 which includes course materials and first year membership dues. The price for couples who will share materials is $265. A limited number of scholarships are available to persons who have a financial hardship to pay tuition. A deposit of $50 is required to hold your space in the program.

Applications for 2015 are now being accepted.  The application can be found here.  The deadline for returning applications to UT Extension is December 21, 2014.

Contact Tom Stebbins, UT Extension Agent, at (423) 855-6113 for more information about the scholarship or questions. You may also view the brochure about the Master Gardener program or a letter from Tom Stebbins, UT Extension Agent, that provides more detail about the Master Gardener program.



2014 Morning Class and Mentors


2014 Evening Class and Mentors



Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Tennessee in July 2010 and in Hamilton County in July 2013. This destructive insect’s range slowly but surely expanded from its original infestation in Michigan across several states and Canada, leaving whole stands of ash trees decimated in its path. Thus far, EAB has killed tens of millions of ash trees in southeastern Michigan alone, with tens of millions more lost in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

For information specific to Tennessee, see Emerald Ash Borer on the Tennessee Department of Agriculture website.

This website includes EAB symptoms list, quarantine rules and map – which includes Hamilton County! – and a report to fill out if you suspect EAB on a tree in your area.

The UT Extension Service distributed this fact sheet to extension agents statewide to help identify and then treat EAB infestations – Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer.

Also see this previous post on our website from August 2010 – Emerald Ash Borer Beetle Discovered in East Tennessee.

The Emerald Ash Borer University website is a collaborative effort of the USDA Forest Service, Michigan State University, Purdue University and Ohio State University.

The website provides the latest information on the Emerald Ash Borer for the United States and Canada. The website has an infestation map, what’s new, what’s being done, what to know, and contact information. This site also information insecticide options, and webinars on many topics concerning EAB.


Hypertufa Class

Would you like to give your garden a different look? Hypertufa, or tufa, plant pots have a coarsely textured, stone look. With their thick, porous texture, they are good quarters and backdrops for smaller plants, such as cacti, succulents, and alpine plants. These are versatile pots that you make yourself, so they can be any size you want. Does that tickle your green thumb? If so, why not sign up for this hypertufa class? 

Title: Hypertufa Class
Cost:  $20 per person, due at the door.   
Location: Food Bank Pavilion at 2009 Curtain Pole Road, just off of Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga.
Date: May 22, 2014 at 10:00am
Instructor: Katie Bishop

Attendees may bring a basket or “mold” to shape their container.

Complete the following form to register for this class.

Hypertufa Class May 22, 2014 at 10:00am

Rain Barrel Workshops

We are offering two rain barrel workshops to be held at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. These “build your own” rain barrel workshops offer the opportunity to construct your own 55-gallon plastic rain barrel that will be ready to hook up to your home’s rain gutter system.

Both classes will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014. The first class to start at 4:00pm, the other to start at 5:15pm.

Advance registration is required using the registration forms below. Class sizes are limited and spots go quickly so don’t delay. The fee is $35, cash or check, to be paid at the workshop.  The fee covers all costs to build one 55-gallon rain barrel.

You don’t need to bring any tools, but wear old clothes since you will get a little dirty and have a vehicle capable of transporting your rain barrel home with you.

For information on painting your rain barrel, go to this post.

If you are interested in signing up for one of the workshops listed above, please fill out the form for the time you would like to attend. Please fill out just one form. If the form for the time you want does not appear, it means the class is full and registration is closed. Class size is limited, and advance registration is required. You can contact the workshop organizer here if you have specific questions about the workshop or would like to comfirm your spot in the class.

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank is located at 2009 Curtain Pole Road, just off of Amnicola Highway. The classes will be held behind the warehouse in the pavilion.

If the form for the workshop you would like to attend is not listed, it means the workshop is full.

4:00 pm Rain Barrel Workshop


5:15 pm Rain Barrel Workshop

2014 Spring Banquet

On April 24, 2014, we celebrated the graduation of the 2014 Master Gardener class along with the 20-Year Anniversary of the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County.

Among the special decorations were a detailed chronological storyboard of the MGHC history for the past 20 years, and also the table of remembrance for our members no longer with us.

Many of our members were recognized during the banquet – the interns who completed the 2014 MG class, the MG Class of 2013, and many MGs completed milestone service awards.

Tennessee Smart Yards

Tennessee Smart Yards is a 6-hour workshop over two class sessions designed to help homeowners make wise decisions about their landscape. It was designed by UT Extension, Hamilton County Water Quality and TN Water Resources Research Center.

Workshop Topics include: Nine-Step Approach to a great yard,  Mulching and Soil Amendments, Innovative and Practical Ways to Conserve and Manage Rain Water in Times of Drought, Landscape Design Principles. Click here for workshop flyer.

Session 1 is on April 13th from 3 – 6 pm @ Camp Jordan Arena, Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge TN
Sesssion 2 is on April 21st from 6 – 9 pm @ UT Extension,6183 Adamson Circle, Chattanooga, TN 37416

Click here for the workshop registration form.

Cost of $15.00/person or $20.00 per couple
Call UT Extension at 423-855-6113
Tom Stebbins – UT/TSU Extension Agent for Hamilton County

Landscaping with Conifers

Title: Landscaping with Conifers
Location: Reflection Riding
Description: Author and plantsman, Tom Cox, will be at Reflection Riding this Saturday, March 15th at 2:00pm to do a program on “Landscaping with Conifers”. Tom is past president of the American Conifer Society and has traveled extensively to study rare and spectacular conifers. He is co-author of “Landscaping with Conifers and Ginkgo for the Southeast”. Tom is also founder of the Cox Arboretum in North Georgia, and has extensive experience growing a range of conifers in the heat of his southern garden. Following the presentation he will be available to answer your questions.
The program is being sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Rhododendron Society and Reflection Riding.

Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2014-03-15

Pruning Seminar

Title: Pruning Seminar
Location: Signal Mountain Nursery
Description: Free seminar featuring certified arborist Jonathan D. Nessle. He will talk about and show pruning techniques.
Start Time: 10:15
Date: 2014-03-15

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.

It is also time for the 19th Annual Beginning & Newcomer Gardening Classes, which will again be in March for 4 Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 9:00pm.  See below for additional information and cost.    

For Master Gardeners:  This is an opportunity to get CEU hours (and volunteer hours if you work). Any questions, please call (423) 653-7009.


March 4th Composting & Fertilization and Turfgrasses
            11th Landscape Design and Herbs
           18th Attracting Wildlife and Trees & Shrubs
           25th Vegetables and Perennials & Annuals


6:30 till 9:00pm


Tennessee Extension Service off of Bonny Oaks Drive



Space is limited to 50 and fills very fast.
Price includes: notebooks, door prizes, refreshments and questions answered by U.T. trained personnel
Please call (423) 842-3743 to reserve your spot.


Michael (Mike) R. Payne
U.T. Master Gardener
State Advocate