Laurens Master Gardener Program

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The purpose of the Laurens County Master Gardener program is to provide horticultural training and information to Laurens County residents.  Each Master Gardener course consists of a series of 16 (or more) classes held once per week for 16 weeks. Each class lasts approximately 3 hours. 

Graduates of the Master Gardener Program will volunteer 40 hours of service to the Laurens County Extension Program over the 12 month period following graduation.  These hours of service can be provided in many different ways - answering horticultural calls in the Extension Office, working on Community Beautification Projects, or perhaps manning Extension or Master Gardener information booths during fairs or festivals.

Our last course included the following classes:

  • Botany and Plant Physiology
  • Soils and Plant Nutrients
  • Tree Fruits and Small Fruits
  • Plant Propagation
  • Canning and Preserving
  • Urban Tree Care
  • Annuals and Perennials
  • Chemical Pest Control
  • Lawn Care
  • Landscape Design
  • Plant Pathology
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Weed ID and Control
  • Basic Entomology
  • Residential Irrigation
  • Beekeeping and Pollinators

Classes for each course are offered based on the availability of instructors. We may substitute certain courses if an instructor is not available for a given subject.  Short tests (10 questions, usually true/false or multiple choice) are given each week, with a final exam administered the week following the last class.

Course Registration and Fees
The registration fee for the Laurens County Master Gardener Program is $300.00, which includes the Master Gardener Training Manual (which is over 800 pages!), handouts, and other materials.  Registration closes one month before classes begin. Each course will be limited to 20 persons due to social distancing requirements, with a minimum of 10 persons required to register in order for the course to be held.  Please DO NOT mail in registration fees - registration is handled through an on-line process.

Current Course Offering
Our 2022 Master Gardener Course is currently underway.  The next course is scheduled to begin in August 2023.  The course will be held in the Laurens Extension Office, 219 W Laurens Street, Laurens from 6:00 - 9:00 pm on Tuesday nights.

Master Gardener Waiting List
If you are interested in this program, but are visiting this page at a time when no course registration is available, we will be happy to place your name on this Prospective Master Gardener mailing list - simply call us at 864-705-1101 or e-mail to request that your name and address be placed on the list.  (You may prefer to complete the Prospective Master Gardener Form on the web - when the "submit" button is clicked the information in the form is e-mailed directly to Bryan Smith.)

Other Useful Links

Laurens County Master Gardener Association
(links to an external website for the Association)

South Carolina Master Gardener State Website