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Gardening Guide

Check out the Month-by-month Gardening Guide. The guide has tips on what to do each month in your garden. The guide offers information on fruits and nuts; groundcovers and lawns; perennials flowers and vines; annuals; trees and shrubs; vegetables and herbs; plants in pots; bulbs, corms, roots, and rhizomes; and around the home.

For a pdf version, click here.


In February and March we offer a ‘Beginner & Newcomer Gardening Class’ to introduce gardening to new gardeners. Topics covered include Soils and Fertilization, Lawn grasses, Trees and Shrubs, Herbs, Landscape Design, Wildlife, Perennials and Annuals, and Wildflowers.

We also conduct workshops and clinics throughout the year on various topics such as rain barrels, pruning, and raised bed gardening.

Contact us to find out the schedule and to sign up for these classes and workshops.

If you are interested in volunteering in our community, please read about the Master Gardener training program.

Speakers Bureau

We welcome the opportunity to serve the community by speaking to local organizations, schools, youth and senior groups, and special interest clubs. Topics include composting, rain barrels, xeriscaping, rock gardens and other gardening and conservation tips and practices.

Some recent educational programs taught by MG volunteers are:

  • Rain Gardens and Water Wise Landscaping
  • Building Rain Barrels
  • Great Perennials for Tennessee
  • Pruning Trees
  • Attracting Winter Wildlife to the Yard 

If you are interested in contacting us for a speaker, please go here.

Hamilton County Fair

Join us at the Hamilton County Fair, one of the county’s most popular events, held on the last weekend in September at Chester Frost Park. Every year we have an exciting hands-on exhibit.

UT Extension Publications

As part of the UT Extension office educational program, several publications are available on topics for the home, farm, and community. Some publications are listed below. For the complete list, go to the UT Extension Publication website.

Home Garden, Lawn and Landscaping
Insect Pests and Plant Diseases