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Arkansas Master Gardener training program accepting applications through May 11

By Ryan McGeeney
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast Facts:

  • Arkansas Master Gardener program is accepting applications through May 11
  • Training will take place over five Saturdays between June 13 and July 18
  • Participants expected to volunteer 40 hours of their time within one year after training

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LITTLE ROCK — If you’re looking to take your green thumb to the next level, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardener program is now accepting applications to become a trained volunteer. Participants will be given the training to sharpen their horticultural skills, and the mission to share their knowledge with others.

 Applicants who are selected into the program will receive 40 hours of horticultural instruction and a notebook. The instruction will take place over the course of five Saturdays, from June 13 to July 18, skipping July 4. The training will take place at the Grace United Methodist Church, located at 1075 Hogan Lane in Conway. Each session is scheduled to last from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 The training will cover basic botany, principles of horticulture, soils and fertilizers, vegetables, home fruit production, ornamental plants, lawns, pest control and pesticide use.

 Upon completion of the program, participants must volunteer 40 hours of their time in their local county Master Gardener program over the course of one year, and pursue an additional 20 hours of learning in their respective county Master Gardener program. Participants must comply with their respective county Master Gardener program guidelines.

 The application deadline is May 11. Completed applications should be mailed, emailed or faxed to:

Janet Carson
U of A Cooperative Extension Service
2301 S. University Avenue
Little Rock, AR  72204
Fax: 501-671-2303

There is an $85 fee for the training, which covers participants’ book, snacks and training supplies. Applicants SHOULD NOT mail payment with the application — the fee is due only  upon acceptance to the program. Additional county fees may apply.

 For more information, contact Janet Carson at 501-671-2174, or at

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.


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 Employer.


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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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