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U of a division of agriculture master gardener logoArkansas Master Gardener Program

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

  • has over 3000 volunteers in 67 counties
  • reported 98,879 education hours and 162,879 service hours in 2018 

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.

Click here for help with Recruitment, Retention and Recognition of your Master Gardeners! 

Leave of Absence Form  
Sustainer Status Form    
Reinstatement Form

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

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 of which disseminate horticulture information to the public. 

Annual plant sales are a great way to educate the public on purchasing the right plant for the right location. 


Master Gardener Award Forms

Master Gardener Award entries are due to state office January 17, 2020.  (Your county program may have an earlier date to submit forms.)

Below are the award forms along with a cover letter that talks about award entry specifics.  
Cover Letter

There are lots of deserving people and projects for these awards statewide.
Be sure you nominate someone or a project from your county!  

Each MG Program is allowed ONE nomination per award. The awards are:

  1. MG of the Year
  2. Rookie of the Year
  3. Project of the Year
  4. Excellence in Education
  5. Newsletter of the Year
  6. County Agent of the Year
  7. Friend of Master Gardeners - Individual
  8. Friend of Master Gardeners - Business or Organization

Scholarship Opportunities for 2020

The Janet B. Carson County Scholarship is open to any Arkansas Master Gardener program. 

Application deadline is January 15, 2020.

Janet B. Carson MG County Program Scholarship Application

(deadline January 15, 2020)

The Janet B. Carson Senior Scholarship is open to Arkansas high school seniors who will be attending an Arkansas college or university and plan to major in a plant science related field. 

For more information about these scholarships, contact

Janet B. Carson High School Scholarship Application 
(deadline March 10, 2020)


Master Gardener Donation Form

MG Awards
For the past few years we have asked counties to make a donation to help pay for the annual Master Gardener awards and length of service pins and certificates.   Since all counties do benefit from the awards and length of service recognitions, to make this equitable we requested that each county subsidize the program by asking counties with 51 or more members to donate a minimum of $100 and for counties with 50 or less members to donate $50.   

Janet B. Carson Scholarship Fund
Each year the Janet B. Carson Scholarship Fund continues to grow as do the group of applicants.  Since 2014, the scholarship committee has awarded over $11,000 in scholarships to deserving Arkansas students.  County 76 appreciates your support of this scholarship fund. 

MG State Conference
Several counties have donated each year to the Master Gardener State Conference. Those counties that donate are recognized in the list of sponsors for the conference.  The conference chairmen are thankful for your support of the conference

As you set your 2020 budgets, we would appreciate you making donations to these statewide Master Gardeners Programs by January 15, 2020. Checks should be made payable to UACES and sent to UACES, ATTN:  Amanda Gonia, 2301 S. University Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204 along with the donation form (see below). All donations will be acknowledged in our conference program.

Donation Form

Arkansas Master Gardener Resources

MG County Contact List (Password Protected Information)


Who are the MG Volunteers 

MG District Map 

Jr. Master Gardener 

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