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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 the address listed on the form and it will be forwarded to a Master Gardener program near you.

Deadline to apply is Oct. 1st 2020

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 are now available for the 2021 Janet B. Carson County and the 2021-2022 Janet B. Carson Student Scholarships. 

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.  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.  

Deadline for application:  January 15, 2021

2021 Janet B. Carson County Scholarship

 

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.  

Deadline for application:  March 10, 2021

2021-2022 Janet B. Carson Student Scholarship

 

 

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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