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Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program

Master Gardener Program:

There are over 55 Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs) who assist the Rockdale County Cooperative Extension Office. 

Volunteers are committed to educating residents and improving the community through gardening programs, plant clinics and horticulture projects. This program is sponsored by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Rockdale County. 

Certification involves 10 classes (full day classes on Mondays), which begin in January of each year. After successfully completing the course(attendance, midterm and final passing grades), participants must donate 50 hours of volunteer time to the local Extension Office to become certified and 25 hours a year after that to maintain their certification. Applications are accepted September-November. Call the Cooperative Extension office to register or for more information. 

Master Gardener Extension Volunteers are available to speak to civic groups on a variety of subjects from planting to butterfly gardening. To schedule a speaker, call Rockdale Cooperative Extension.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED.

Master Gardener Extension Volunteers are available to speak to civic groups on a variety of subjects from planting to butterfly gardening. To schedule a speaker, call Rockdale Cooperative Extension.

Lewis Vaughn Botanical Garden:

MGEVs assist in the maintenance of the Botanical Gardens in Olde Town, Conyers. They helped develop a maintenance calendar and work hard for all to enjoy this beautiful garden.

Junior Master Gardener Garden:

This group meets weekly during the summer. Youth who have completed the Junior Master Gardener program learn even more about gardening, from making scarecrows to forcing daffodil bulbs.

Lighthouse Village Children’s Garden:

In conjunction with Rotary Club of Conyers, the MGEV’s provide monthly upkeep of this garden located at Lighthouse Village on Sigman Road. 

Nancy Guinn Library Flower Bed:

Twice monthly this group of dedicated volunteers keep the flower beds in front of the library looking spectacular!

 Memorial Arboretum:

Located at the Horse Park, the Memorial Arboretum is a showcase for trees. Volunteers meet the last Saturday of each month to provide upkeep, plant new trees, etc. in this unique walking trail. Open to the public, people can dedicate a new or existing tree in memory or honor of a loved one or special person in their life. Contact the Rockdale Cooperative Extension Office for information.

 Plant a Row:

Located at Dixie Graphics in Conyers, this one acre garden provides fresh vegetables for the Rockdale Food Bank during the summer and fall months.

 Rockdale Education Garden (in progress):

Located behind the Extension office on Parker Road, this 1 ½ acre garden will become a showcase for residents to learn proper horticulture techniques for our area. For information on donating goods or service to help this greeenspace become a reality, contact the Rockdale Cooperative Extension Office.

 Master Gardener Plant Sale and Festival:

Held in late September or early October, the plant sale and festival is a fundraiser for extension horticulture projects. We sell a wide variety of plants, have horticulture speakers, garden and craft vendors and children’s activities.

 Spring Plant Sale:

Each February, we hold a preorder only plant sale. Plants are picked up in late March. Plants for sale typically include herbs, trees, blueberry, fig and raspberry plants, perennials, etc. Contact cooperative extension for an order form.

 Cherry Blossom Festival:

In late March, we host a plant clinic booth and cherry tree sale at the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival.