How to Become a
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 ...
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.
Participation in the class requires a commitment for service to Knox County (and home county, if not a resident of Knox County).
Information about the 2020 Knox County Master Gardener Training Program and the Tennessee Master Gardener Program application are shown below. Click the links to download the files and apply for next year's training.