Master Gardener Course

The Tennessee Extension Master Gardener training program is designed for anyone interested in gardening, from beginners to experienced gardeners.  Volunteer-based service training is provided with the goal of certifying those whoi complete the program so that they can provide the public with research-based information on a variety of horticultural topics.

UT/TSU Extension Davidson County

During the 13-week course, a different topic will be presented by UT Extension staff, certified Master Gardeners and local experts.

As the weather warms and spring approaches, the Master Gardeners of Davidson County will offer supplemental workshops at their five garden projects to those wishing to enhance their learning experience and get to know other gardeners in their community.

Upon completion of 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 additional hours of continuing education after classes, class "interns" will achieve certification awarded by UT Extension.


2021 classes are expected to start in February. 

The fee for the 13-week program is $160. Couples may share one handbook and register for $250. The course fee pays for your course materials, name badge and the new Tennessee Master Gardener handbook.

Please email David Cook, Davidson County Extension Agent: and ask to have your name added to the list to receive 2021 application information later this year.

If you live outside Davidson County, to locate your county extension information go to: UT Extension County Offices

SAMPLE Master Gardener Training Schedule

Week 1 Orientation: What is a Master Gardener & Basic Entomology

Week 2 Soils & Soil Testing

Week 3 Basic Botany

Week 4 Home Vegetable Garden and Tomato Disorders & Diseases 

Week 5 Fruit Trees & Native Pollinators and Beneficials

Week 6 Wise Water Use

Week 7 Woody Ornamentals, Trees & Shrubs

Week 8 Home Lawn Care

Week 9 Herbaceous Ornamentals (Annuals/Perennials) & Composting/Fermentation

Week 10 Organic Gardening

Week 11 Plant Diseases

Week 12 Landscape CSI:  On-Site Plant Diagnosis & Hands-On Activity

Week 13 Landscape & Garden Design & Reporting Volunteer Hours

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