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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 3100 volunteers in 67 counties
  • reported 87,181 education hours and 171,578 service hours in 2019

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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 your local county Extension office and it will be forwarded to a Master Gardener 9.  

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

Applications for the 2022 Janet B. Carson County Scholarship and the 2022-2023 Janet B. Carson High School Senior Scholarship will be posted here when the scholarship application timeframes open.  

Janet B. Carson County Scholarship Fund
The Janet B. Carson County Scholarship fund is designed to assist counties with innovative and highly educational projects in the county's service area. 

The Student Scholarship is available to assist an Arkansas high school senior in pursuit of a post-secondary degree at an Arkansas college or university in a plant science related field

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