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About  the Master Gardener Program

The Clemson E xtension Master Gardener Program trains and prepares knowledgeable volunteers to facilitate the educational work of the local Consumer Horticulture Agent, by delivering research-based information to the citizens of the state.

The services provided by the Master Gardeners vary according to Clemson Extension’s priorities and community needs, as well as the abilities and interests of the individual Master Gardener. Some current Master Gardener projects include phone support at the Extension Office, “Ask a Master Gardener” events, presentation of programs to garden clubs and other groups, as well as an annual symposium, basic gardening lecture series, and plant sale. Volunteers lend their expertise at various community gardens, including the gardens of Roper Mountain Science Center and the Children’s Garden at Linky Stone Park.

About the 2016-2017 Master Gardener Training Class

The 2016-2017 Greenville County Master Gardener Training class will begin on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Classes will mey each Thursday afternoon from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM at the Greenville County Extension Office for 17 weeks, excluding November 24 and December 29. The final exam will be ginven on February 16, 2017.

Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2016. The class size will be limited to 30 students, so don’t wait too long to apply.

(Click here to go to the MG Training course application.)

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Ellen Hilderbrand Memorial Grant

Since 2009 the Greater Greenville Master Gardener Association has awarded grants annually to schools and non-profit organizations in Greenville County. These grants help fund projects that promote gardening and horticultural education, beautification and garden preservation.

Now, as we begin the 2016 Grant cycle, let’s take a look at the types of organizations we’ve supported during the past seven years:

  • No fewer than twelve schools have butterfly gardens, vegetable gardens, and Carolina Fence gardens that GGMG grants helped to start or improve;
  • Thirteen neighborhoods, churches, and community organizations have developed and improved community gardens, which bring people together and promote gardening and healthy eating; and
  • Greenville public gardens such as Linky Stone Children’s Garden and the RMSC Living History and Butterfly gardens have received needed improvements, helping these gardens continue their mission of education.

Reviewing this list, members of the Greater Greenville Master Gardener Association can take pride in the role that each plays in our plant sales, because the income from these annual events provide the resources and the ability to offer these grants.

The Grant cycle begins May 1 when the Grant Application, Guidelines and Evaluation documents are posted on the GGMGA website. The deadline for submission of the Grant application is September 30. The Grants Committee reviews all applications, makes a visit to each project site and interviews each applicant. Grant recipients are selected based on criteria outlined in the Guidelines. Grant awards are announced in October and funds are awarded in November. The Grants Committee monitors the progress of each project and how the grant funds are utilized through site visits and required reports from the Grantees.

Click here to go to the Grant Application, Guidelines and Appendix.


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