What Do Master Gardeners Do?

Master Gardeners participate in one or more PROJECTS that:

  • are usually long term, ongoing,
  • involve multiple people, and
  • work towards the mission of Master Gardeners to help serve and educate the community.
  • Master Gardeners may choose to participate in one or more of the following opportunities:

    Gardening Projects

    The BLOOM Center

    Master Gardeners help support a work training site for Knox County Schools Special Education program students, as well as work within the Floral Department Rescue Squad's house plant rehabilitation program.

    Community Gardens

    Master Gardeners work at community gardens throughout Knox County. Several of these provide food for members of the community. Enjoy the outdoors, learn gardening skills, and contribute to our community.

    Habitat Urban Gardens (HUG)

    New Habitat for Humanity homeowners learn the basics of home landscaping, help design their own plan, and learn to take care of their plantings with the assistance of Master Gardeners.

    James Agee Park

    Master Gardeners work to develop this new urban park in the Fort Sanders area. Volunteers assist in refining the structure and maintaining the plantings in the park.

    Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum

    Master Gardeners have created and maintain a shade garden and a pollinator garden at this beautiful public garden in east Knoxville. They also assist with special projects and events throughout the year.

    U.T. Gardens

    Master Gardeners work with UTG staff in workdays, plant sales, and special events.

    Youth Horticulture

    4-H Garden Club is offered for grades 4 and up at several local schools.

    4-H Garden Explorer Day Camp for ages 6-11 is offered during the summer. 

    Both help children learn gardening skills, teamwork, life skills and can include a variety of subjects such as botany, pest management, greenhouse management, nutrition, landscaping, farmers markets, etc. 

    Outreach Projects

    Ask A Master Gardener

    Master Gardeners are available to answer questions in person at local Farmer's Markets, on the phone, or by email

    Master Gardener Communications

    Master Gardeners may participate in our two main communication methods, the KCMG Newsletter and the KCMG Website.

    Speakers Bureau

    Master Gardeners present programs at public venues, clubs and civic groups throughout Knox County. Presentations are free, open to the public, and designed for home ornamental and vegetable gardeners.

    Knox County Extension Master Gardener Awards

    • 2017 - Tennessee Search for Excellence Award, Barbara O'Neil, Outstanding Master Gardener of the Year (Eastern Region)
    • 2016 - International Search for Excellence Award, 2nd place for our Speaker's Bureau
    • 2015 - Tennessee Search for Excellence Award, 1st place for Community Service with our Community Garden partnership at Concord United Methodist Church
    • 2015 - Tennessee Search for Excellence Award, 1st Place for Workshop or Presentation with our Speaker's Bureau
    • 2015 - Tennessee Search for Excellence Award, 1st Place for Demonstration Garden with our Charity Garden partnership at All Saints Catholic Church
    • 2015 - Tennessee Search for Excellence Award, Barbra Bunting and Marsha Lehman tied for Outstanding Master Gardener of the Year

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