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Arkansas Master Gardener Program

Started in 1988 in 4 counties (Garland, Jefferson, Pulaski, and Saline) and 40 members, the Arkansas Master Gardener Program now:

  • has 3427 volunteers in 67 counties
  • reported 73,555 education hours and 128,994 service hours in 2021

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Master Gardener Mission Statement

As horticultural trained volunteers, Master Gardeners extend research-based information through demonstration and educational programs using horticulture best practices, strengthening communities and families throughout Arkansas.

Online Reporting System

To report your volunteer hours in the NEW MG online reporting system, please contact your county online reporting manager.  You may have received an email from your county online reporting manager. 

Please review that email before you log into the new online reporting system.  

How do I become a Master Gardener?

Arkansas Master Gardeners volunteer hundreds of hours annually to local projects.

The first step is to contact your local county extension office to see if a program is in your county and when the next available training will be.  See our full list of county extension offices.

The University of Arkansas Master Gardeners sponsor events in a wide range of activities including educational seminars and workshops, youth gardening programs, plant therapy work with hospitals and nursing homes, community beautification projects all helping to disseminate horticulture information. Annual plant sales are a great way to educate the public on the right plant for the right location.

Become a Master Gardener!

Scholarship Opportunities

The 2024 Janet B. Carson County Sanctioned Project Scholarships and 2024-2025 Janet B. Carson High School Senior Scholarships have been awarded.

See scholarship recipients!

The County Sanctioned Project Scholarship is applicable to a County project that is an innovative project that is the start-up of a new project or a new, creative component added to an existing project.  Proposals must include an educational component that affects the county’s service area.

For the High School Senior Scholarship, we ask you to share the Scholarship information with individuals that work with Arkansas high school seniors who will be attending an Arkansas College or University and who plan to major in a plant science related field.  

If you have any questions concerning either of these scholarships, please send an email to


Master Gardener Awards

The 2023 MG Award entries have been judged.  The 2023 Award Winners will be presented their award at the 2024 MG State Conference. 
 View award winners!

Arkansas Master Gardener State Conference

The University of Arkansas Master Gardeners hold an annual state conference which is hosted and coordinated by a different local program each year. This three day event provides Master Gardeners the opportunity to participate in workshops, seminars, garden tours, and allows them to connect with other Master Gardeners from across the state.

Arkansas Master Gardener Resources