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MS Master Gardener Volunteer

Selection Criteria for Volunteers

Individuals accepted into the program will be asked to sign a Memorandum of Agreement that outlines the training and volunteer expectations.

Qualifications

  • Previous volunteer experience
  • Gardening experience and expertise
  • Communication skills (listening, talking, writing)
  • Ability and desire to learn
  • Interest in helping people
  • Willingness to provide unbiased, research-based information
  • Training facility limitations

Responsibilities

  • Enhance county home horticulture on behalf of, and under the supervision of, the Mississippi State University Extension Service, through volunteer work.
  • Represent the Mississippi State University Extension Service in a professional manner.
  • Adhere to the policies of the Mississippi Master Gardeners program.

Examples of Volunteer Service

Upon completing the 40 volunteer hours commitment, volunteers will become certified Master Gardeners. Volunteers are expected to keep a record of their volunteer activities, hours, and contacts.

The 40 hours of volunteer work are to be completed within one year following the last core training class.

  • 4-H presentation coach
  • Answering telephone hotline
  • Exhibits at fair/malls/shows
  • Demonstration/teaching gardens
  • Newsletter editor
  • Master Gardener Volunteer personnel records
  • School gardens
  • Plant clinics
  • Speakers bureau
  • Office work
  • New class coordinator

Possible Projects

  • Staffing plant clinics in the Extension office or other locations
  • Developing, setting up, and staffing educational exhibits
  • Planting and maintaining demonstration areas (turf, flowers, vegetables, water conservation, native plants, etc.)
  • Serving as 4-H horticulture project leaders
  • Teaching 4-H horticulture enrichment units in local schools
  • Speaking to civic groups and garden clubs
  • Conducting horticulture tours
  • Answering horticulture questions that come to the county Extension office by phone, office visitor, and letter
  • Conducting horticulture therapy programs at nursing homes
  • Judging horticulture exhibits or school science fair projects
  • Judging 4-H horticulture demonstrations or illustrated talks
  • Mailing newsletters, publications, and bulletins to noncommercial horticultural clientele
  • Appearing on television or radio programs to discuss home horticulture topics

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Publications

News

Filed Under: Master Gardener March 19, 2018

 Gardeners can buy native and naturalized heirloom plants during the annual Metro Master Gardeners plant sale April 28.

Long, narrow lavender flower petals open wide among the dark green leaves.
Filed Under: Master Gardener, Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens February 20, 2018

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Everything Garden Expo, presented by the Oktibbeha County Master Gardeners, will return to the Mississippi Horse Park on March 24 and 25.

 A closeup of the official Monarch Waystation sign is shown in the revitalized children's educational garden at the MSU Crosby Arboretum
Filed Under: Master Gardener, Plants and Wildlife, Places for Wildlife, Urban and Backyard Wildlife December 4, 2017

A project by the Pearl River County Master Gardeners aims to help increase populations of monarch butterflies by providing habitat and educating the public.

This past spring, the group revamped a portion of the children’s educational garden at the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum to serve as an official, certified Monarch Waystation. Master Gardener members recently dedicated the garden with the placement of a sign from Monarch Watch, the nonprofit organization that manages the waystation program.

One woman uses a shovel to break open a rootball on a small, unplanted tree while another woman and a man assist.
Filed Under: Master Gardener, Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers November 21, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Several Mississippi Master Gardener groups marked the state's bicentennial with near-perfect tributes -- by donating and planting Magnolia grandifloras in their communities.

"The tributes are perfect in a state known for its generosity, service to others and love for the environment," said Gary Jackson, director of the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Warren County Master Gardener Yolanda Horne checks on worms living in a plastic bin on June 13, 2017. The worms were part of an exhibit on composting at the Know Your Roots: Grow Your Business workshop in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Bonnie Coblentz)
Filed Under: Agri-tourism, Community, Master Gardener, Lawn and Garden June 16, 2017

VICKSBURG, Miss. -- Mississippians from a wide variety of backgrounds spent a day thinking of new ways to use landscapes and gardens to bring more profit and better value to agricultural enterprises and historic homes.

Know Your Roots: Build Your Business brought 29 participants together for the daylong workshop June 13 at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. Sandy Havard, Warren County agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, coordinated the event.

Success Stories

Close-up of a young leafy green vegetable plant growing in a salad table with other herbs and marigolds.
Master Gardener, Food, Herb Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

If you are planning for your vegetable garden this spring, a salad table or two might be in order. Salad tables are a great addition to a traditional vegetable garden or wonderful on their own.
​(Photo by Kevin Hudson)

Two women smile as they enjoy colorful potted ornamental plants.
Junior Master Wellness Volunteer, Master Gardener, MS Volunteer Leaders Association, Natural Resources

If you’d like to volunteer more in the New Year, Extension has some wonderful opportunities. We have volunteer organizations designed for all ages and interests, including gardening, healthcare, natural resources and youth development.

Here’s a brief description of four of our...

A group of people stand beside a magnolia tree outside preparing to plant it as a way to honor Mississippi's bicentennial.
Community, Master Gardener

Did you know 2017 is the year Mississippi celebrates its bicentennial? That’s right—The state is 200 years old! You only turn 200 once, so MSU Extension wanted to do something to celebrate!
 
Since the state tree is a magnolia, we thought it would be great to encourage our Master Gardener clubs to plant one in their communities as a way to honor the bicentennial.

A male retiree in a plaid shirt and khaki slacks sits in front of a piano. On its soundboard is a picture of his late wife in her wedding gown and gloves.
About Extension, Master Gardener
Volume 3 Number 3

In 2016, Myrtle native Michael Hale was looking for a meaningful, lasting way to remember his late wife, Vicki M. Smith.

 

Six Master Gardeners pose in a rose garden after weeding it
Master Gardener, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

We've all been there. All of a sudden one of the plants in your landscape starts to die for no apparent reason. Or maybe a worm appears out of nowhere on a quest to eat all foliage in sight. Maybe you want to try your hand growing a garden but don't know where to start. Wouldn't it be great if there was a superhero gardening team that could swoop in and answer all of your questions? Well, there is! Extension's Master Gardener program is full of volunteers who are equipped with horticultural information based on university research and recommendations. 

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