This manual has been developed to help familiarize you, the new Master Gardener, with
the University of Arkansas, Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardener program,
in general, and your county organization, specifically. Each county can use this
guide and develop an individualized volunteer handbook for their own county program.
Some counties incorporate a Master Gardener directory with member names, photos,
addresses and other contact information. Having a member directory is a great asset
in larger counties and is a good way for new members to get to know others in the
The manual is divided into seven sections for ease of printing and searching for a
Master Gardeners receive many hours of training in botany, soil science, plant propagation,
pest management, pesticide and herbicide usage, vegetable and ornamental plant gardening,
plant and weed identification, pruning and other horticulture related subjects.