What do I have to do to become a Master Gardener?
First, you need to sign up for classes. Master Gardener classes are held once a year. Dates will be announced, but the classes usually begin in September and take place in Lebanon. Once your training is completed, you will need 40 hours of volunteer work and 8 hours of continuing education to become a Master Gardener. There are many opportunities to receive credit toward your certification. We currently have projects at the Wilson County Fairgrounds, the Mount Juliet Library, Cedars of Lebanon State Park, and many more.
Does it cost anything?
Costs will be announced from year to year. The fee pays for class materials that are yours to keep. You will receive a Master Gardener hand book published by the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service.
I don’t know anything about gardening, can I still join?
Yes! We’re all here to learn!
What if I have additional questions?
You may call the UT/TSU Wilson County Extension Office at (615) 444-9584 or visit the office at 925 East Baddour Parkway, Suite 100, in Lebanon.
How often do you meet?
We meet at 7:00 PM on the first Tuesday of every month at the James E. Ward Ag. Center Education Building on the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Lebanon [ map
]. Meals begin at 6:30. We have guest speakers that cover a wide range of gardening topics. Also, the monthly meeting counts toward your yearly volunteer requirements, so come to all the meetings and you’ll have 12 easy hours of credit each year.
Once I’m a Master Gardener, do I have to do anything to stay a Master Gardener?
Yes, you will need 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of continuing education annually to maintain certification.
This sounds great! How do I signup?
Download, print and complete the Master Gardener Application:
then mail it to:
UT/TSU Wilson County Extension Office
c/o Master Gardener Program
925 East Baddour Parkway, Suite 100
Lebanon, TN 37087