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

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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.


How do I become a Master Gardener?

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

The first step is to fill out the Master Gardener Application. Send in the application to the address listed on the form and it will be forwarded to a Master Gardener program near you.

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.

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Scholarship Opportunities for 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. Application deadline is March 10, 2020.

For more information about these scholarships, contact mg@uaex.edu.

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.

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