What Do Master Gardeners Do?

Master Gardeners participate in one or more projects that are usually long term, involve multiple people, and work towards the mission of Master Gardeners to help serve and educate our 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; an enrichment program for adults with special abilities; as well as work within the Floral Department Rescue Squad's house plant rehabilitation program.

Collier Preserve

A new park in the Powell community is becoming an area of exclusively native plants that will enhance habitat, especially for birds. Master Gardeners are helping to bring this area to fruition. Planned features include an ADA walkway, nature path, birding platform, kayak rest stop at Beaver Creek and a natural setting for observing wildlife.

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.

Community Gardens

Master Gardeners work at a number of  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.

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 garden walksworkdays, plant sales, trial gardens, 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

  • 2021 - International Search for Excellence Award, 2nd place for Community Service with our Community Garden partnership at Concord United Methodist Church
  • 2019 - Tennessee Search for Excellence Award, Hardin Valley Elementary School Learning Garden, Written Education Category
  • 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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