• Next Meeting
    February 1, 2022

    Speaker: Amanda Mathenia
    Topic: Raised Bed Gardening

    Amanda Mathenia Amanda Mathenia is the UT Extension ANR agent in Perry County. Her love for gardening and plants began at a young age by working in her parents’ and grandparents’ vast family gardens. She now enjoys tending to her own raised bed gardens, flower beds, and house plants. “I built my first raised bed the first fall after I built my house on our family farm. With living on a hillside, a large, conventional garden just wouldn’t fit my landscape and photography. I’ve been experimenting with raised bed and container gardening ever since.” During her professional career, Amanda has given presentations at the Fruits of the Backyard field day, to local garden clubs, and to local Senior Citizen organizations. “I really enjoy working with the Senior Centers by creating a raised bed and container garden in the front lawn of our office to allow for our local Seniors to plant, nurture, and harvest vegetables each summer. We even grow enough for them to take fresh produce home and enjoy.”

    I look forward to meeting and speaking to your group about the advantages, site selection and preparation, materials and configuration, installation and construction, crop selection, crop management, crop rotation, and support and training of raised bed and container gardening.

  • Where:
               Maury County Park, Senior Citizens Center
                1020 Maury County Park Dr, Columbia, TN 38401

               6:00 p.m. Evening starts with Potluck and door prizes
               6:30 p.m. Business Meeting
               7:00 p.m. Presentation

       Anyone who wishes to bring a dish and participate in a potluck at the meeting is welcome to do so. If anyone does not wish to partake in the potluck, please come by 6:15 p.m. to avoid missing the beginning of the business meeting that starts immediately after dinner and door prizes.

  • How Can I Become a Master Gardener?

  • Volunteers must attend 40 hours of training offered by the UT Extension. Classes meet twice a week for 6 weeks. The sessions cover a wide variety of topics including wildlife, landscaping, flowers, trees, lawns, insects, plant diseases, and more. After completing the training the volunteer becomes an Intern for a year.
    To become a “Certified Master Gardener,” an Intern must complete and document a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer gardening related service and 8 hours of continuing education.

  • Master Gardener Intern Training

    The 2022 Master Gardener Intern Training starts January 31, 2022.

    Follow this link for a flyer about the Intern Training.

    For more information and to sign up for the 2022 classes contact:

     Roger Wayne Clark
     email: rogwclar@utk.edu
     Phone: (931) 375-5301
       Maury County Extension Office
       10 Public Square,
       Columbia, TN 38401

  • To learn more, check out the brochure
    "How Do I Become A Master Gardener"