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Howard County Master Gardener Program

Master Gardener Program Formed in Howard County

Nashville, Ark. – On June 17, 2021, a group of local Master Gardeners and Master Gardeners from surrounding counties met with Samantha Horn, Howard County 4-H Agent, and Bernie Kurz, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Extension Education-Consumer Horticulture. The purpose of this meeting was to form a Howard County Master Gardener Program.

Purpose of Master Gardeners

            This purpose of this new group will be to extend research-based information through demonstrations and educational programs using horticulture best practices, strengthening communities and families. This will all be done in conjunction and with the approval of the Howard County Extension Office. The group is ideal for anyone with horticultural skills and a desire to learn and help others.

            Master Gardener members in other counties have already made a major impact in the past years with the development of the Nashville Demonstration Organic Garden and coordinating youth education at the Howard County Farmers Market’s Kidz Klub during the summer months. Master Gardeners have coordinated a Seed Swap event and help to educate members of the community on beekeeping topics.

How to join Master Gardeners

            It would be a great time for people interested in helping their community to join this new group. Enrollment for becoming a certified Arkansas Master Gardener is now underway. The cost of the class is $75.00 and the deadline to join is September 1, 2021. Training for becoming a new Master Gardener will begin on Wednesday, September 22 – Wednesday, October 27.

            The next meeting for the Master Gardner’s is on July 29, 2021. For more information, please call the Howard County Extension office at 870-845-7517 or contact Julio Fuentes at 870-200-3883. You can also go to our website at and search Master Gardener Program.

By Samantha Horn
County Extension Agent - Agriculture
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Samantha Horn
County Extension Agent - Agriculture
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
421 N. Main Nashville AR 71852
(870) 845-7517


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