Sierra A. Ham, Extension Agent
Want to learn more about horticulture and gardening? Participate in the Cheatham County Master Gardener class.
The class begins on September 23 and will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and two Saturday mornings through October 25th.
Complete registration packets are available at the UT & TSU Cheatham County Extension office or online at http://cheatham.tennessee.edu.
The deadline to register for the class is Sept. 2.
Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who help the UT & TSU Cheatham County Extension office share the latest and greatest gardening information.
All volunteers are trained with 40 hours of horticulture classes and return 40 hours of volunteer service through the Extension office.
Statewide there are approximately 2,000 active Master Gardeners in 46 counties.
In Cheatham County, there are over 100 Master Gardeners who have completed the course work.
Master Gardeners who continue to participate in the program return at least 25 hours of service with a minimum of eight continued education hours annually.
Nationally, there are approximately 80,500 active Master Gardener volunteers in U.S. and Canada with an estimated 3,365,870 volunteer hours.
The Master Gardener program is offered by both the University of Tennessee and Tennessee State University in Cheatham County.
Its main goal is to increase the availability of horticultural information to improve quality of life with community garden/ landscape programs.
This is only possible through the training and utilization of local volunteers.
These volunteers, known as Master Gardeners, aid Extension by running plant clinics, answering phone requests for horticultural information, establishing and maintaining demonstration gardens, working with the handicapped, youth, the elderly and other special groups in the community, designing and implementing community involvement projects and coordinating Master Gardener training programs.
For more information, call 792-4420 or 792-2055.