Would you like to learn about growing the perfect yard or
controlling the weeds in your home garden? Then you are a candidate to become a University of
Tennessee Master Gardener.
The Master Gardener Program is a 14-week course that covers a
wide variety of topics including: soils, fertilization and plant nutrition, insect identification
and control, growing perennials, establishing and maintaining a lawn, growing garden vegetables,
growing and caring for roses, principles of disease control, understanding pesticides and their use,
care of trees in the landscape and much more.
Teaching will be done by University of
Tennessee professionals, industry representatives and Master Gardeners. The cost is $150 and each
participant will receive a Master Gardener handbook and reference materials. If spouses attend
together, both may attend for $100 each; however, they will only receive one handbook. Classes will
begin on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will be held weekly through April 24 at the
Ag Center and Fairgrounds, located at 334 Eagle Lane in Evensville.
In order to complete the
Master Gardener certification, participants must attend all the classes and volunteer 40 hours to
their community. Volunteer hours can include volunteering with 4-H, giving horticulture talks and
assisting residents with lawn or garden problems. The Rhea County Master Gardener program is
sponsored by UT/TSU Extension and is open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color,
national origin, age, sex, disability, religion or veteran status.
Those interested in taking
the Master Gardener program in Rhea County in 2014, are asked to contact the Rhea County Extension
office at 775-7807 or visit their website at