Training for the 2023 session of the TN Extension Master Gardener (TEMG) program in Madison County is just around the corner!  I invite you to come take part in an inspiring education based volunteer organization. Registration is now open and space is limited.

What is a TN Extension Master Gardener

The TEMG program trains and certifies volunteers who provide community service through county Extension offices. Tennessee Extension Master Gardeners are trained volunteers that help the Extension Service share the latest and greatest gardening information with those in their community! All volunteers are trained with 40 hours of horticultural classes and return 40 hours of volunteer community service through their Extension Office and local Master Gardener association.  Our local association is called the Madison County Master Gardeners.  Once you complete the initial certification, 25 hours of service and 8 hours of education are required to maintain annual re-certification.

I encourage you to visit the state TEMG website to learn more about the Mission of UT Extension and the purpose of the TEMG program.

Before You Decide to Participate

Please review the following requirements for completion of the program and certification.

  • You must attend a minimum of 80 percent of the classes, which allows for 2 absences.
  • You must give 40 hours of volunteer service in horticulture back to the community over the next year. (Don't worry, we have established projects for you to work on)  

If you can fulfill these requirements, we would love to have you as an addition to this organization.  If you do not wish to pursue certification, but are interested in other opportunities for horticulture learning, please contact me, Celeste Scott, for more information cscott52@utk.edu or 731-668-8543.

Class Information

This interactive training features hands-on & virtual learning. Come learn from horticulture professionals from across the state and build relationships that will last a lifetime!  Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30pm- 7:30pm at the West TN Research & Education Center located at 605 Airways Blvd. Jackson, TN 38301. Each week will feature a different core topic area and include: lecture, discussion, reading material, hands-on lab activity, supplemental materials, and study guide.

Class Dates:

  • Jan. 31
  • Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
  • March 7, 14, 21, 28
  • April 4, 11, 18, 25
  • May 2, 9


The registration fee is $200.00 and includes the TN Extension Master Gardener Handbook, access to our class website, supporting documents, and Master Gardener Name Badge upon completion of certification.  Needs based scholarships are available upon request.  Registration deadline is Friday January 6th.  To Register for the class, follow the simple steps below.
Step 1

Complete online registration form

Step 2

Complete the volunteer agreement. 

  • I will need a hard copy.  If you don't have a way to print the form, you may pick up a copy at the UT-TSU Extension Office in Madison County. 
  • You will ONLY need to complete sections A through E. 
  • Make sure to include your signature at the VERY BOTTOM of the second page.
Step 3

Submit the completed Volunteer agreement along with your $200 registration fee to the UT-TSU Extension Office in Madison County.  

  • You can mail in the form and fee, or drop it off at the front desk Mon-Fri 8am-Noon, & 1pm-5pm.
  • Our address is:    UT-TSU Extension Madison County 309 North Parkway Jackson, TN 38305
  • Please make checks payable to UT Extension
  • If paying in cash, please bring exact change
  • We do not accept card payment at this time
That's it!  You are ready for the 2023 TEMG Training in Madison County!!

Make sure to check your e-mail regularly for important updates and information.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me, Celeste Scott at cscott52@utk.edu or 731-668-8543