Training for the 2024 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 regular session absences. The Saturday workshop is required.
  • 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 Thursdays from 9:30am- 11:30am, and a Saturday Workshop from 9am-3pm.  All class will be held 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:

  • Thursdays: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • Thursdays: March 7, 14, 21
  • Saturday Workshop: March 16


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 7th.  To Register for the class, follow the simple steps below.
Step 1

Complete online registration form

Step 2

Submit fee payment of $200

Step 3

Complete the volunteer application. 

  • You will ONLY need to complete sections A through E. 
  • Make sure to include your signature at the VERY BOTTOM of the second page.
  • Bring this form with you to our first class!  If you don't have a way to print the form, I will have extras at our first class.
That's it!  You are ready for the 2024 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 Celeste Scott at cscott52@utk.edu or Hunter Goodman at hgoodma5@utk.edu