Arkansas Advanced Master Gardener Program
Counties are looking for retention tools for their programs to keep members interested.
As members remain in the program, many are interested in obtaining more in-depth knowledge
about specific topics and in obtaining an advanced level of certification. To provide
such opportunities, the Advanced Master Gardener Training Program was developed.
To be eligible to attend an Advanced Master Gardener Class, you must be an active
MG, in good standing in your county program and be a Master Gardener for three years
or more (calendar year used). More and more Master Gardeners are eligible for the
program each year and are asking for advanced courses.
Upcoming Advanced Master Gardener Classes
Specific class information will be on the MG ONLY portion of our website.
Advanced MG Class Registration Information will be posted when it becomes available.
Caption: Master Gardeners visiting a project maintained by Pope Co. MGs in downtown
Russelville, during the AT Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening Class.
Master Gardeners have the opportunity to reach four levels in the Advanced Master
Level 1 - Complete 5 advanced training classes.
Level 2 - Complete an additional 8 advanced classes (for a total of 13 completed advanced
Level 3 – Complete an additional 10 classes after completing Level 2 (for a total of 23 completed
advanced classes), plus write an article for a county newsletter, the Garden Voice
Newsletter, or other publication OR give a presentation at a regular Master Gardener
Meeting or public workshop. The presentation or written article can be done at any
time between completion of levels 2 and 3. The presentation or article is to be verified
by the county agent and sent to the Advanced Master Gardener Coordinator or record
Level 4 - Criteria for Level 4 Advanced Master Gardener will be: Completion of 10 additional
Advanced Master Gardener classes after completing Level 3 (for a total of 33 completed
advanced classes), plus submission of a fact sheet or power point presentation with
at least 30 slides and a script. The format for the fact sheet will be available at
the state extension office. The submissions for attainment of Level 4 will be subject
to the peer review process.
The Master Gardener Program has been in existence in Arkansas since 1988. Counties
are looking for retention tools for their programs to keep members interested. As
members remain in the program, many are interested in obtaining more in depth knowledge
about specific topics, and in obtaining an advanced level of certification.
Topics for Classes
Below is a compiled list of popular topics for future Advanced Master Gardener Classes.
This list is from participants of previous advanced class evaluations and is a suggestion
of topics for counties that would like to host a class.
Topic List for Classes