Arkansas 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.
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.
How do I become a Master Gardener?
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.
Scholarship Opportunities for 2020
The Janet B. Carson County Scholarship is open to any Arkansas Master Gardener program.
Application deadline is January 15, 2020.
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janet B. Carson High School Scholarship Application
(deadline March 10, 2020)
MG 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.
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:
- MG of the Year
- Rookie of the Year
- Project of the Year
- Excellence in Education
- Newsletter of the Year
- County Agent of the Year
- Friend of Master Gardeners - Individual
- Friend of Master Gardeners - Business or Organization
Master Gardener Donation Form
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.
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
County Contacts (Password Protected Information)