What is a Master Gardener?
A Master Gardener is a member of the volunteer staff of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service who helps disseminate horticulture information throughout the county. Similar programs are conducted through University Cooperative Extension Service organizations throughout the country.
What do Master Gardeners do?
Master Gardeners work at county fairs and plant clinics; answer phone requests for gardening information; and conduct short courses for the public. We publish a newsletter, work on educational projects, and meet monthly to exchange ideas and learn about gardening. The program offers a unique opportunity to make friends, to learn about plants and gardening, and to use our horticultural knowledge and other talents in our community. Activities are supervised by a Cooperative Extension Agent.
How do I become a Master Gardener?
Master Gardeners must complete a comprehensive 40 hour training session before joining the group and meet volunteer time and education requirements each year. For more information, call the Benton County Extension Service at 479-271-1060 or visit our website: http://home.bentoncountygardening.org.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.