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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 3200 volunteers in 67 counties
  • reported 64,854 education hours and 101,475 service hours in 2020

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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.  

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 are now available.

2022 Janet B. Carson County Scholarship Fund
The County Scholarship is open to any Arkansas Master Gardener program.  County 76 Master Gardeners support UA master gardener programs through the Janet B. Carson County Scholarship. Scholarships are funded through County 76 silent auction proceeds as well as private donations and may be awarded in amounts of up to $750.00. Proposals must include an educational component that affects the county's service area. An active master gardener with the approval of his/her local master gardener program may apply with only one application accepted per county program per year. Preference will be given to innovative projects that affect the start-up of a new project or a new component added to an existing project.
DeadlineJanuary 15, 2022
2022-2023 Janet B. Carson Student Scholarship Fund
For the Student Scholarship, we ask you to share the Scholarship information with individuals that work with Arkansas high school seniors who will be attending an Arkansas College or University and who plan to major in a plant science related field.
DeadlineMarch 10, 2022
Master Gardener Award Nomination Forms
Please use these nomination form when submitting your county nomination. 
Deadline to submit your nomination form is January 14, 2022.  Late entries will not be accepted.
Please read all the instructions (see cover letter below) prior to sending in your nomination form.  Double and triple check the spelling of names submitted on the form. 
Cover letter  (please read this prior to filling out an award form)

Business Friend of MG Award Form
County Extension Agent MG Award Form
Excellence in Education Award Form
Individual Friend of MG Award Form
MG of the Year Award Form
Newsletter of the Year Award Form
Project of the Year Award Form
Rookie of the Year Award Form

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