WCMG Dinner & Meeting – Tuesday, 6 March 2018

The Wilson County Master Gardener Association will meet Tuesday, 6 March 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Education Building at the James E Ward Agricultural Center. The dinner theme is A New Recipe so bring something new to you or us. Dinner is at 6:30, and the meeting will begin at 7:00. Our guest speaker will be _______________.


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Register Now for the 2018 TEMG State Conference!

2018 Tennessee Extension Master Gardener State Conference


Thursday, April 5th   –  Pre-conference tour and grafting workshop

Friday April 6th & Saturday April 7th  – Main conference

Early registration with a price break is open until March 16th, but classes and workshops may fill before that date


Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns, TN

If you would like to stay in the park inn, we have a hotel block open until Feb. 19th

Other lodging options are also available in the Dickson, TN area

What type of sessions are planned?

  • Statewide Search for Excellence awards
  • Landscape walkabouts
  • Wildflower and photography hikes
  • Tree ID, diagnosis and value in our landscapes
  • Lightning bugs and fireflies in TN
  • A Tennessee turf tour
  • A year of keeping bees in TN
  • Sessions on arboretums, community gardens, youth programs, surveys and outreach led by MGs
  • TN garden vegetable trials
  • Current entomology and pathology threats in TN
  • Networking and planning sessions and much more!

Get a preview of the park and our 2018 year at:

Why should you attend?

Because our 2018 conference will be a great opportunity to learn more about horticulture, insects, flowers, and trees across the great state of Tennessee, as well as enjoy one of our beautiful state parks and spend time with some of the best folks you’ll ever meet- Tennessee Extension Master Gardeners! 

Full schedule and information: 


What does Registration include?

Registration includes all sessions and materials for each day as well as snacks, lunch and dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday at the Forge Restaurant (at MBSP Inn). Thursday tour will include entrance ticket for the tour as well as trees and supplies for grafting.

Registration- two options:

  1. Complete the second page of the attached registration form and mail it in (see 1. Below)
  2. Register online (see link at 2. below)

Registration deadline: March 16th, 2018 Fees: $130 for all three days, $40 for Apr. 5th Pre-day workshop and tour, $60 for single Friday, $50 for single Saturday, $100 for both days (6th and 7th)

 Late registration: After March 16th, 2018 Fees rise to $140 for all three days, $45 for Apr. 5th Pre-day workshop and tour, $65 for single Friday, $55 for single Saturday, $115 for both days (6th and 7th)

  1. By mail: Send registration form (below)  and  checks payable to University of Tennessee to:

TEMG Conference Registration   Attn: Sandy Kitts
2431 Joe Johnson Drive
252 Ellington Plant Science Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-4561

  1. Online: This link will take you to a UT e-marketplace site. At the bottom of the first page, you will click the Add to Cart button. You will then be taken to a page that enables you to enter contact and payment information as well as select which days to attend and topics for the workshops and breakout sessions.



Registration form TEMG conference_2018

2018 TEMG conference Q and A

We look forward to seeing you in April!

Natalie R. Bumgarner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Residential and Consumer Horticulture
Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Coordinator

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Donald William Hatcher Jr. Obituary

Donald William Hatcher, Jr.
(July 11, 1958 – February 6, 2018)

Don Hatcher & Justin Stefanski 2012

Donald William Hatcher Jr. entered the church triumphed on February 6, 2018 at 11:45 am. Don is survived by his loving wife Melissa; daughter Donna Kay ;son David; brothers Dean Hatcher and Derrick Hatcher; sister Grace Hatcher; sister-in-law’s Karla Hatcher and Cindy Hatcher; nephew Bransen Hatcher; nieces Abigail and Gabriella Hatcher (Godchild); parents Don and Marie Hatcher. Services to celebrate Don’s life will be held at Two o’clock on the afternoon of Saturday February 10, 2018 at Roselawn Funeral Home in Murfreesboro with placement to follow in the Garden of Peace at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Don graduated from Bearden High school on Knoxville, TN. He served in the United States Navy Submarine Fleet on the USS Casmir Pulaski SSBN 633. Donald worked at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital for many years, served in the restaurant industry for several years, and completed his career as a lead custodian at Stewarts Creek Middle School. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Knoxville, TN. Don was a great man and had a heart of gold. He was always helping anyone in need. He never met a stranger. He was brilliant and creative beyond belief. He was a great son, husband, father, cousin and uncle.

To leave thought or memories, visit, www.roselawnfh.com. Friends cordially invited to visitation from Twelve Noon until Two o’clock on the afternoon of Saturday February 10,2018 at Roselawn Funeral Home 5350 NW Broad Street Murfreesboro, TN 37129 615-893-2742.


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TEMG Annual Conference — 6 & 7 April 2018 @ Montgomery Bell State Park

Click the image or link below to download the schedule for the 2018 Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Conference, Friday & Saturday, 6 & 7 April 2018 at Montgomery Bell State Park.

2018 State TEMG Conference Schedule


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WCMG Meeting / Chili Cook-Off – Tuesday, 6 February 2018

WCMG Chili Cook-Off
in the Education Building
Tuesday, 6 February 2018 @ 6:30 PM


And Tuesday, 6 February 2018 is our annual chili cook-off.  Can our reigning champion be unseated? If you attended last year’s chili cook-off, you know it won’t be easy. It never is among the members of the Wilson County Master Gardener Association.

NO MORE ENTRIES PLEASE. WE HAVE TEN CONTESTANTS. If you have a good recipe and you think you have what it takes to tempt the sophisticated taste buds of our members, then don your apron, get to cutting and whip up a batch for the February 6 meeting. Make a crock-pot or stew-pot full, enough for everyone to get a taste. Also, please complete this online [ Sign-Up Form ] if you plan to bring chili. Here is the direct link to the sign-up form:


This form helps us keep up with how many plan to participate in the cook-off as well as know what other food items we still need.

CHILI-3And if you’re not making chili, maybe you can help by bringing one of the following items: grated cheese, sour cream, cornbread, crackers or corn chips, drinks or a dessert. If you can provide any of these items, please complete this online [ Sign-Up Form ] as soon as possible so that we’ll know what’s coming and what’s lacking.

chili_competitionChili Cook-Off Entries (maximum = 10):

  1. Gary Stein (past winner)
  2. Joan Sutherland 
  3. Vicki Rohr
  4. Whit Whitaker
  5. David Bates (past winner)
  6. Boone Swain
  7. Judy Price
  8. Brandee Seaborn
  9. Bob Hamilton (past winner)
  10. Karla Clark


What Others Are Bringing:

chili-cook-off_medCheese (shredded)
1) Carol Benson
2) Judy Lea
3) Patti Hoag

Sour Cream
1) Carol Benson

2) Sondra Bishop
3) Patti Hoag

1) Lawana Nelson

2) David Bates

Corn Chips
1) Lawana Nelson
2) Carol Walenga

Sondra Bishop
2) Jan Whitaker


1) Frank Cain (Yummy!)

2) Fay Huddleston
3) Lisa Thompson
4) Laleta Shipper
5) Darlene Driver

1) Lynn Mouvery
2) Joan Sutherland (Diet Coke)
3) Carol Walenga (unsweet tea)
4) Kathy Powers (sweet tea & lemonade–1 gal each)
6) .
7) .

chiliIf you plan on bringing chili, cornbread, crackers, corn chips, grated cheese, sour cream, dessert or a drink but for some reason are unable to use the [ Sign-Up Form ], please let Greg know via email as soon as possible cedarbees@gmail.com


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