Become a Master Gardener!

All volunteers are trained with 40 hours of horticultural classes and return 40 hours of volunteer service in Blount County. 

A Tennessee Extension Master Gardener horticultural textbook is provided as part of the class fee charged to attendees of these classes.  

The classes are taught by professors and other industry professionals who share their knowledge and experience.

To obtain the Extension Master Gardeners Certificate:  40 hours of volunteer service in addition to attending the classes is required. Once the certificate has been achieved (the second year of service), the volunteer hours requirement to maintain Master Gardener certification and BCMG membership is 25 hours a year.


Master Gardener General Training Class for 2019

The Master Gardener program, conducted throughout the US and Canada, is a two part educational effort in which avid gardeners are provided intense horticulture training. In return they “pay back” local university extension agents through volunteerism. 

Blount County Master Gardeners' projects include a Monarch Butterfly tagging event, an annual plant sale, design and planting of downtown Maryville planters, maintenance of native plant displays, and many more.

For 2019, the 12-week training course is scheduled to begin January 16th and conclude April 3rd.  Classes will be held Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 PM to  to 4:00 PM at the Blount County Public Library.

Applications for the upcoming class will be accepted through January 11, 2019.  Last year, the training cost for the course was $195, and the cost for the 2019 class is expected to be about the same.   The fee includes all training materials and is due after your application has been approved. The course is limited to the first 30 registrants. 

An application is available at the link below, or you can obtain one at the Blount County Extension office located at 1219 McArthur Road, Maryville, TN, 37804

Click to download and application:

Tennessee Master Gardener Program Application

This application is a fillable pdf form; you may complete the form on your computer and then print it.  Or you may print the form and complete it manually.  Deliver the printed application or mail it to Blount County Extension Office, Attn: John Wilson, 1219 McArthur Road, Maryville, TN 37804

Graduates of the 2016 Master Gardener Training Course

The warm early spring weather was a perfect way to bring the 2016 MG General Training Course to a close.  On Wednesday, April 6th, there were twenty five eager and avid gardeners who completed the 12 week course and received their “graduation” certificates.  There was a great array of food - everyone brought a dish to pass and John Wilson, director of UT Extension Blount County, presided over the ceremonies.  On hand was BCMG President Laurie Smalley who congratulated the interns and urged them to become active and contributing members of the association.

The General Training Course is held annually and this is the second year the classes were held in the evenings.  James Hutchison serves as the Education Coordinator and thanked his committee members Mike Peterson, David Burchfield, and Evelyn Weisskopf.  The interns now embark on obtaining their certification status by completing 40 hours of volunteer service.  Congratulations to all and welcome to the BCMG family!

Blount County Extension Master Gardeners


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