Pennyroyal Master Gardeners

Pennyroyal Master Gardeners

Kentucky Extension Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners are a nationwide group of trained volunteers who work with the staff at their local Extension Service to provide consumers with reliable, up-to-date research-based information about gardens and landscapes.

Pennyroyal Master Gardener Haybale Design at Mahr Park

What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

Jane Goodall

Pennyroyal Master Gardener Association

The Pennyroyal Master Gardener Association is committed to public outreach and education about gardens and landscaping. This also means caring about the environment and everything affecting it. They serve Hopkins, Muhlenberg, and Webster County. 

How To Become A Master Gardener?

Complete a 12-15 week training course in core subjects taught by the Horticulture Extension Agent and other University of Kentucky specialists. In return for the training, you must complete 40 hours of volunteer time within one year of course completion. After the initial training, volunteers are required to contribute 20 volunteer hours and 10 continuous education credits per year. 

Learn and Train in:

  • Entomology
  • Botany 
  • Soil and Fertility
  • Home Fruit and Vegetables Production
  • Annuals and Perennials
  • Woody Plant Care
  • Pruning
  • Identifying Plant Diseases
  • Pesticides and Pesticide Safety
  • Composting
  • Lawn Establishment and Care
  • Propagation

What do the Master Gardeners do to fulfill their service requirements?

  • Spring Lawn and Garden Fair held each year at the Extension Office
  • Demonstration and Trial Gardens
  • Annual Master Gardener Calendar
  • Community Gardens
  • City Beautification Projects
  • Landscaping Habitat for Humanity Houses
  • Volunteering in the Horticulture Division of the Hopkins County Fair
  • Assisting in Educational Programs, Workshops, and Projects at the Extension Office and in the Community
  • Educational talks to local clubs, schools, civic groups, and organizations
  • Participation in Community and Agritourism Events, such as Farmers Market Appreciation Day
  • Home Landscape Evaluations
  • Writing Columns for the Hopkins County Horticulture Newsletter
  • Answering Horticulture-Related Questions and much more!