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Master Gardener Training Course

What are the requirements to become a Master Gardener?

To become a Master Gardener, individuals receive forty hours of in-depth horticultural training by Extension specialists and agents from the University of Tennessee and local experts in horticulture.  Students who complete the training with a passing grade, meet the attendance requirements, and complete a minimum of forty hours of volunteer service will be awarded the honorary title of Certified Tennessee Master Gardener Volunteer.  Certification as a Master Gardener is valid for one year, and is maintained by meeting annual volunteer (service) and continuing education requirements.

About the Master Gardener Training 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. Topics include: wildlife, basic landscaping, flowers, trees, lawns, insects, plant diseases, soils, fertilizers, vegetables and many others.

There is a choice of evening or morning classes

  • The evening classes meet from 6 pm to 9 pm Monday nights, starting January 8th, 2018.
  • The morning classes meet from 9 am to noon on Tuesday mornings, starting January 9th, 2018.

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

The cost of the class is $170 which includes course materials and first year membership dues. The price for couples who share materials is $270. 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 2018 are now being accepted. The application can be found here. The deadline for returning applications to UT Extension is December 21, 2017.

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 and a letter from Tom Stebbins, UT Extension Agent, that provides more detail about the Master Gardener program.


To learn a little bit more about us and to see why you might want to join us, take a look at the following document. It highlights many Hamilton County Master Gardener projects.