How to Become a
Knox County Extension Master Gardener

Help us get more people growing for a better world.

The main goal of the Knox County Extension Master Gardener Program is to get more people in our local area interested and involved in the love of gardening. We believe that the more people who begin and grow to love gardening, the healthier our world will be.

Our True Purpose

To realize our mission, our volunteer team educates the community about home horticulture so that our neighbors have the current knowledge about best practices and methods that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. We also manage a variety of community and demonstration gardens around the county that provide healthy food to people in need.

We believe that when eco-friendly, evidence-based gardening approaches are used, consumers ...

  • get better results in their gardens,
  • feel the joy and satisfaction of gardening,
  • are inspired to keep gardening, and
  • will have a healthier, more sustainable world.

Volunteers Make the Difference Between Success and Failure

Over 150 enthusiastic, friendly volunteers throughout Knox County manage all aspects of the program and deliver services to the community. Everyone who is trained to become a certified Master Gardener is expected to return a minimum number of community service hours. Most volunteers contribute much more than expected because we are so passionate about what we do and see real impact as a result of our work. We know you will, too.

Join Our Volunteer Team!

We are currently seeking dedicated volunteers to join us for our next round of annual training.  While gardening experience is always appreciated -- and you will find your tribe of garden fanatics here -- we also welcome beginners on our gardening journey.  

Below are the 2019 Extension Master Gardener Training Flier and Tennessee Master Gardener Program application. They include all the details for the dates and location of the training. Click the documents below to download the files and find contact information for any questions you might have.

Participation in the class requires a commitment for service to Knox County (and home county, if not a resident of Knox County). Please note the cost of the training and the deadlines for submitting your application. 

Extension Master Gardener
Training Flier 

Tennessee Master Gardener Program 
Volunteer Application

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