Becoming a Master Gardener in Tennessee involves taking a 14 week course. Our classes usually begin in January in the evenings. Each meeting night has a different topic: diseases, insects, animal pests, composting, landscaping, lawn care, pruning, etc.
At the end of the 14 week session and passing a test, you'll be a Master Gardener Intern. You'll then need to volunteer 40 service hours (working on projects) and earn 8 Continuing Education hours within the first year of graduation. Upon completion of the required hours, you will be a Master Gardener. Thereafter, you'll only be required to give 25 service hours and earn 8 Continuing Education hours per year.
The Master Gardener Program is a "give back to the community" organization. If you enjoy gardening, we encourage you to join us!