Aiken County Master Gardener Program
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.
The live, in-classroom Master Gardener Training Course (MGTC) is about 15 weeks of instruction led by Clemson Extension personnel, Master Gardeners, and other experts. The Aiken MGTC is held at the Aiken County Extension Office on Wednesdays from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm January through April. There are no prerequisites to participate in the Master Gardener Training Course.
Classes include basic botany and plant physiology, plant pathology, entomology, soils and plant nutrition, residential irrigation, vegetables, turfgrass, weeds, and more. Certification requirements include regularly attending classes, scoring 70% or better on the final examination, and giving back at least 40 educational service hours.
The Aiken Master Gardener Association (AMGA) is organized to provide service opportunities and continuing education to Master Gardeners who have completed the Clemson Extension Master Gardener training. Some of the projects with which they are involved include
- Master Gardener Help Desk at the Aiken County Extension Office Monday through Friday from 8:30 am-12:00 pm
Master Gardener Office Phone: (803) 649-6297
- Meet-a-Master Gardener at the Aiken County Farmers Market from 8:00 am-12:00 pm the first Saturday of each month from April through October
- Rent-a-Master Gardener
- Lunch Box Series, a FREE lecture held from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm the third Monday of each month from January through October at Trinity United Methodist Church
- Speakers Bureau
To be notified of the next live, in-classroom training, please e-mail your contact information (full name, mailing address, and phone number) or contact:
Consumer Horticulture Agent/Master Gardener Coordinator
Phone: 803-649-6297 or (803) 508-7735
1555 Richland Ave. East, Suite 500, Aiken, SC 29801