The University of Tennessee Extension and Master Gardeners of Hamilton County announce that registration is open for the 2022 Master Gardener Training Course. Classes meet for 15 consecutive weeks and take place in person at the UT-Hamilton County Extension office, 6183 Adamson Cir. (off Bonny Oaks Drive) in Chattanooga.
There are two class options: Tuesday morning beginning Jan. 25 from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. or Monday evening beginning Jan. 31 from 6-9 p.m.
The cost is $170 per person or $260 for couples sharing materials, which include a comprehensive training manual, numerous handouts, and much more. Applications are due on or before Jan. 7. For more information, go to: https://mghc.org/2022-mgclass/ or call 209-8560.
Natalie Bumgarner, Tennessee Extension Master Gardener coordinator, said, “Master Gardeners are passionate and dedicated volunteers who have a love of plants and horticulture coupled with Extension training so they can promote environmental stewardship and provide horticultural education to the residents of their communities.
"The Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Program is open to both experienced and beginning gardeners and offers the most current, research-based information available on topics related to home gardening and landscaping. Subjects covered in the 15-week course including soil and water management, mulch and fertilizers, controlling pests and plant diseases, basic landscaping, vegetable, flower and herb gardening, understanding native plants, attracting wildlife, beekeeping, and other related gardening issues.
"Experienced Master Gardeners serve as mentors and guides into the many volunteer activities and projects undertaken by Extension Master Gardeners all around Hamilton County. In addition to 40 hours of informative lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experience, trainees attend MG meetings and earn both volunteer hours and education credits toward becoming Certified Master Gardeners. We look forward to meeting new Master Gardeners at this year’s classes and welcoming them into our community.”