To become a Master Gardener in Tennessee, the first step is to complete a 14 week course. Our annual classes typically begin in January and are held once a week in the evening. Presented by a number of area experts, each class covers a different topic: soils, diseases, pests & insects, composting, vegetable gardening, landscaping, lawn care, pruning and others.. A comprehensive Master Gardening handbook is included as part of the course and relevant publications are often provided with each class. Throughout the course, mentors are available to support participants by answering questions and exposing them to potential volunteer opportunities.
Upon completing the course and passing a test, you'll become a Master Gardener Intern. To become a Master Gardener, 40 service hours (supporting community related projects, etc.) and 8 continuing education hours need to be completed within the first year of graduation. Thereafter, only 25 service and 8 continuing education hours are required each year.
By becoming a Master Gardener, you'll have an opportunity to strengthen your gardening skills & knowledge, give back to the community and enjoy partnering with other passionate gardeners. Be sure to check out the testimonial page and see what our members have to say about the Bradley County Master Gardener program. We encourage you to join us!