Clemson Extension Master Gardener

The Clemson Extension Master Gardener (CEMG) Program is administered by Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service. Introduced in Charleston County in 1981, the program is now offered in 29 SC counties.

The CEMG Program is divided into two parts: instruction and service.

Instruction: Participants receive at least 40 hours of intensive, practical horticultural training during the Master Gardener Training Course (MGTC). Topics covered in the MGTC include soils and plant nutrition, entomology, plant physiology and pathology, vegetable gardening, tree and small fruit culture, lawn management, culture of woody ornamentals, and problem solving. Satisfying the instruction component requires regular classroom attendance and passing a final exam.

Service: Participants will donate at least 40 hours of educational service in order to complete the program and receive the title of "Clemson Extension Master Gardener".

Being a Master Gardener

Clemson Extension Master Gardeners share their knowledge and skills in a number of ways, including:

  • Answering home horticulture calls at the Extension office
  • Speaking to garden and civic clubs
  • Working with youth or senior groups
  • Assisting communities with horticultural projects.

Volunteer activities are coordinated through the local county Extension office. Volunteer activities, Master Gardener
association meetings, Extension in-service trainings, field trips, and State Master Gardener Conferences offer Master Gardeners a wide range of opportunities to broaden their knowledge-base, develop new skills, exchange program ideas, and forge new friendships.

Becoming a Master Gardener

If you would like to:

  • Learn more about plants, pests, landscaping and gardening
  • Participate in an intensive, practical horticultural training program
  • Share your knowledge with others in your community
  • Commit to both the training and the volunteer service

The Clemson Extension Master Gardener Program could be for you! Contact your local Extension office to learn more about the CEMG Program and to apply for admission.

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