CLEMSON EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM
Visit our Master Gardener every week at the market for gardening tips, best planting practices, soil corrections, and much, much more!
South Carolina adopted the Master Gardener program in 1981 in Charleston County. The program has been a tremendous success and is now active in over half of South Carolina’s counties. The South Carolina Master Gardener Program is sponsored by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service.
The benefits of a Master Gardener program are sizable to the urban and suburban communities of South Carolina.
South Carolina Master Gardeners:
- Improve overall efficiency in providing one-on-one service to the non-commercial horticultural clientele in the county.
- Allow Agents to develop a “proactive” Extension program.
- Promote increased environmental awareness through the prudent use of fertilizers, pesticides, etc.
- Provide group learning and teaching activities for non-commercial clientele.
- Form a group of teaching assistants who enjoy being around other horticulturists and which may evolve into a supportgroup for Extension consumer/urban horticulture efforts.
Clemson Extension Master Gardeners share their knowledge and skills in a number of ways, including:
- Answering home horticulture calls at the Extension office.
- Speaking to garden and civic clubs.
- Working with youth or senior groups.
- Assisting communities with horticultural projects.