Pickens/Oconee/Anderson Master Gardener Program

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Thanks for your interest in the South Carolina Master Gardener Program. This class offers research-based horticultural information in an exciting and educational format. Participants use this new knowledge to serve the local communities by educating others.

The Pickens/Oconee/Anderson Master Gardener Program includes training on the following topics:

  • Soils and Plant Nutrition
  • Botany and Plant Physiology
  • Basic Plant Pathology
  • Entomology
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Small Fruit Culture
  • Culture of Woody Ornamentals
  • Lawn Management
  • Plant Propagation
  • Problem Solving

The Pickens/Oconee/Anderson Master Gardener Program will begin Monday, January 25, 2016, and will last until May 16, 2016 with weekly meetings taking place on Mondays from 9:00 a.m. -- 12:00 noon.  The meeting place will be at the SC DNR Building in Clemson near Twin Lakes.  We will also have a few classes take place at the Hayden Conference Center at the SC Botanical Gardens. Clemson Extension Agents, Clemson University professors, and Master Gardeners will serve as weekly instructors.       

It is important that each applicant realizes that this is a complete course, and that regular attendance will be expected and required.  Please note that this year we will have a “hybrid” class. This means that we will meet as usual in-person but also have activities to do in an on-line classroom that you will be given a password to enter.

Participants will be responsible for completing 40 hours of volunteer service that must be pre-approved by the Clemson Extension Service.  Once the class and volunteer hours are complete, participants earn the title of ‘Master Gardener’. A Master Gardener is defined as an individual who learns about the art and science of horticulture and shares that information with others.

Enrollment is limited, and is based on a first-come first-served basis.  While this program is targeted toward residents of Pickens, Oconee, Anderson counties, people from other counties may also be admitted to the program.  The cost for the Master Gardener Program is $300.00 per person.  This fee will cover all materials and resources needed for the course.  This program will fill to maximum capacity so interested participants should register as soon as possible.  Participants must register on-line at https://secure.touchnet.net/C20569_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=140&SINGLESTORE=true.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Home and Garden Information Center at 864-656-9999.

The mission of the Clemson Extension Master Gardener Program is to select, train, and utilize knowledgeable volunteers to facilitate the educational work of the local Consumer Horticulture Agent, by delivering research-based information to citizens of the state.


LayLa Burgess

Email: laylab@clemson.edu
Home & Garden Information Center
135 Old Cherry Road
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0123


To become a volunteer, please contact the County Extension agent listed above.

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