Who are Tennessee Master Gardeners?
Knox County Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who work closely with Knox County Extension agents to provide home gardeners with research-based information through the University of Tennessee and Tennessee State University. Sharing their love of gardening and their willingness to serve their community, Knox County Master Gardeners are involved in a variety of horticulture projects and activities.
All volunteers are trained with 40 hours of horticultural classes and return 40 hours of volunteer community service through their Extension office.
State-wide there are approximately 2,000 active Master Gardeners in 46 counties. Master Gardeners who continue to participate in the program return at least 25 hours of service with a minimum of 8 continued education hours annually.
Nationally, there are approximately 80,500 active Master Gardeners volunteers in US and Canada with an estimated 3,365,870 volunteer hours (2005 statisitcs).
The Master Gardener Program is offered by The University of Tennessee Extension and Tennessee State University Extension. Its main goal is to increase the availability of horticultural information to improve quality of life with community garden/landscape programs. This could only be possible through the training and utilization of local volunteers.
----- From mastergardener.tennessee.edu