Pickens/Oconee/Anderson Master Gardener Program

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Thank you for your interest in the South Carolina Master Gardener Program. This course offers research-based horticultural information to be used in service to local communities through educating others.

The Pickens/Oconee/Anderson Master Gardener Training Course includes 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 Master Gardener Training Course for Pickens/Oconee/Anderson counties is typically held from January-May of each year. Weekly sessions are held on Monday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the SC DNR Building in Clemson near Twin Lakes.  Alternative class locations may include the South Carolina Botanical Gardens. Clemson Extension Agents, Clemson University professors, and local Master Gardeners will serve as weekly instructors and volunteer coordinators.       

Applicants should be aware that this is a 16-week course in which regular attendance will be expected and required. Participants will be responsible for completing 40 hours of pre-approved volunteer service.  Once the course and volunteer hours are complete, participants earn the title of ‘Certified Master Gardener’. Enrollees are encouraged to join one of the local Master Gardener Associations.

Anderson, SC- Anderson County Master Gardener Association
Oconee & Pickens, SC- Master Gardeners of the Foothills

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, individuals from other counties may also be admitted to the program.  The cost for the Master Gardener Program is $300.00 per person.  This fee covers all materials and resources needed for the course. 

Course and Registration Information, please contact:   

LayLa Burgess
Master Gardener Coordinator
laylab@clemson.edu
864-656-7513

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 Urban Horticulture Agent, by delivering research-based information to citizens of the state.

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

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