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Arkansas Master Gardener Program
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Started in 1988 in 4 counties (Garland, Jefferson, Pulaski, and Saline) and 40 members, the Arkansas Master Gardener Program now:

  • has over 3400 volunteers in 67 counties
  • reported 89,810 education hours and 163,876 service hours in 2016 
  • operates in 67 Arkansas counties
  • coordinates over 20 county and regional horticulture event each year

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Arkansas Master Gardeners volunteer hundreds of hours annually to local projects.
Arkansas Master Gardeners volunteer hundreds of hours annually to local projects.

The University of Arkansas Master Gardeners sponsor events in a wide range of activities including educational seminars and workshops, youth gardening programs, plant therapy work with hospitals and nursing homes, community beautification projects all helping to disseminate horticulture information.  Annual plant sales are a great way to educate the public on the right plant for the right location. 

How do I become a Master Gardener?  

The first step is to fill out the Master Gardener Application.  Send in the application to the address listed on the form and it will be forwarded to a  Master Gardener program near you. 

A Saturday Summer MG Class will be held in 2017 in Hemptstead County.  
Training Sessions will be on July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5.
Registration deadline is June 1, 2017.

The first session will be held at the Southwest Research and Extension Center
362 Highway 174 in Hope, with the remaining sessions at Hempstead Hall at UACCH 2500 South Main Street, Hope, Arkansas, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

The cost of the training will be $75.00 which covers your book, snacks and training supplies. Additional individual county fees may apply.

DO NOT enclose money with this application.  The registration fee is due upon your acceptance into the training class. Once we receive your application, we will forward it to your local county.  You will be contacted and interviewed by your local county, and once accepted, you will pay the local county the registration fee. 

Saturday Summer MG Class Registration Form

Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale in Fairfield Bay
Many county Master Gardener programs offer seasonal plant sales. Proceeds go towards scholarships for horticulture students.

Master Gardener State Conference

The University of Arkansas Master Gardeners hold an annual state conference which is hosted and coordinated by a different local program each year. This three day event provides Master Gardeners the  opportunity to participate in workshops, seminars, garden tours, and allows them to connect with other Master Gardeners from across the state. 

2017 MG Award Nomination Forms
Deadline for submission is January 15, 2017. 

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Note:  Awards are judged by outside judges. 

Please review the award nomination instruction letter below before submitting your awards.  

Award Nomination Instruction Letter
Agent Award
Excellence in Education Award
Friend of MG - Business Award
Friend of MG - Individual Award
MG of the Year Award
Newsletter of the Year Award
Project of the Year Award
Rookie of the Year Award

2017 Statewide MG Program Donations
MG Awards, MG Conference, and Janet B. Carson Scholarship
Deadline for donations is January 15, 2017

Donation form  (to accompany check)

 2017 Janet B. Carson Scholarship Application

Deadline to submit application is March 10, 2017

2017 Janet B. Carson Scholarship application form

2017 Janet B. Carson Scholarship application form