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Hot Springs, Ark. – The Garland County Master Gardeners is an organization through
the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service with about 200 people from
all walks of life that share a common interest -- the love of gardening. Master Gardeners
are always eager to help others with horticulture and gardening problems, and their
enthusiasm is contagious.
They have been helping to beautify Hot Springs and Garland County for over 25 years
and have reported 14,000 hours of volunteer work and 8,600 educational hours this
past year. These volunteer hours provide an estimated value of over $325,000 to our
community for beautification.
Arkansas has more than 3,000 active Master Gardener volunteers from 67 counties.
The individuals in the program and their commitment make the program interesting,
and they make a huge difference in our State and in our Master Gardener Program.
The Arkansas Master Gardener Program was started in 1988 in Pulaski, Jefferson, Garland,
and Saline counties.
New Master Gardeners receive 40 hours of training in botany, soil science, plant propagation,
pest management, pesticide and herbicide usage, vegetable and ornamental plant gardening,
weed identification, pruning and other horticulture related subjects. In exchange,
Master Gardeners donate back to the community by maintaining a number of garden projects,
answering questions, researching specific problems, planting educational and therapeutic
gardens, providing public speakers and much more.
Garland County Master Gardener training starts Thursday, January 28th, 2016 with the
continuing training days on February 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th. The trainings start
at 8:00 A.M. and end at 4:00 P.M. each day. Application deadline is November 30,
2015 with interviews starting in December.
If you have a love for gardening, like to share your knowledge with people in the
community, and have time to commit to the training as well as the required volunteer
service, you would make a good Master Gardener.
Come to our monthly meeting at the Elks Lodge on the third Thursday of October or
November and meet many of the Garland County Master Gardeners and come by the Horticulture
Building during the Garland County fair September 14th through the 19th to learn more.
Considering becoming a Master Gardener in 2016? Now is the time! Applications are
available at the Cooperative Extension Office at 236 Woodbine.
Master Gardener Information
Master Gardener meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Elks Lodge. They’re open to the public and guests
are welcome. For more information call the Extension Office at 623-6841 or 922-4703
or email Allen Bates at email@example.com.
There are several 4-H clubs for our Garland county youth who are 5 to 19 years old.
For more information on all the fun 4-H activities that are available for our youth,
call Linda Bates at the Extension Office on 623-6841 or 922-4703 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in joining an existing Extension Homemakers Club? EHC is the largest
volunteer organization in the state. For information on EHC contact Jessica Vincent
on 623-684 or 922-4703 or email her at email@example.com.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative
By Allen Bates County Extension Agent - AgricultureThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Allen Bates County Extension Agent - Agriculture
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
236 Woodbine Hot Springs AR 71901
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to
participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension
office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible
persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national
origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information,
or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity