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Free Monthly Gardening Classes

From February - November 2015, Athens Area Master Gardener Extension Volunteers will be teaching a free hour-long gardening class each month. These classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Athens-Clarke County Library (2025 Baxter Street). Intended for gardeners of all experience and skill levels, classes will cover topics such as seasonal vegetable gardening, composting, herb gardening and more. The full 2015 Monthly Gardening Class schedule is now available.

The next workshop in the series, Understanding Garden Soil, will be held Wednesday, November 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. We all know that a successful lawn and garden starts with healthy soil. But did you know that different plants require different soil nutrient and acidity levels? Attend this free workshop to get the "dirt" on garden soil. We'll review the basic components of soil, how to test your soil and interpret your soil report results, the various types of soil amendments and more. Open to gardeners of all levels. Please register by November 17 by calling (706) 613-3640 or email


Farmers Market Information

Working with three local farmers markets, the Athens-Clarke County Extension office provides educations opportunities to the community through weekly "Ask a Master Gardener" and "Ask a Master Composter" information booths.

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The Athens Farmers Market will open for the 2015 season on April 4, 2015. The market is located at Bishop Park (705 Sunset Drive) and will run every Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon through December 19. During its eighth year of operation, the market features local produce, baked goods, coffee, juice, prepared foods, local meats, music and crafts.

If you would like to become involved or get more information, please contact Amanda Tedrow at (706) 613-3640. If you have additional questions about the market please visit: Athens Farmers Market website.

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the West Broad Farmers Market opens for the 2015 season on Saturday, May 2. The West Broad Farmers Market is a community-driven, education-oriented, weekly farmers market that supports local economical development & community wellness. Hosted at the West Broad School (1573 West Broad Street) each Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. during the spring - fall, the market features crafts, produce and prepared food vendors as well as nutrition education workshops and health screenings. West Broad Farmers Market is directed by the Athens Land Trust. For more information, please visit: West Broad Farmers Market web site.

Oglethorpe Fresh Farmers Market

New season dates: June 13-September 12, 2015

Oglethorpe Fresh Farmers Market at 111 South Platt St. operates on Saturdays from 8:30 am-12:30 pm in the heart of downtown Lexington. It was created as a space for farmers, artists, local historians, musicians and friends to come together to share local produce and local production. For more information, contact (706) 743-3015 or visit the Oglethorpe Fresh Farmers Market Facebook page.

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Master Naturalist Program

The Georgia Master Naturalist program is an adult environmental education course developed by UGA Extension and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources for people interested in exploring the habitats, ecosystems and the natural environments of our state. The program is a combination of lectures and hands-on field studies taught by UGA faculty and field experts.

Held each year from early April through the end of May, classes meet once a week for nine consecutive weeks. Most classes are at Sandy Creek Nature Center in Athens, but the course also includes field trips within an hour drive of Athens. Topics include Ecology, Entomology, Herpetology, Human Impact, Water Issues and many others.

Registration has closed for the 2015 program. The 2016 Master Naturalist program will be held on Fridays from April-May, 2016. If you would like to receive registration information regarding the 2016 program, please email or call (706) 613-3640.

2015 Master Naturalist agenda


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Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program

Established in 1990, the Athens Area Master Gardener Program provides novice and seasoned gardeners with an intensive educational experience in horticulture principles, practices and pest management. Classes are taught by UGA faculty and other subject area experts. Class topics include botany, plant physiology, soils, annuals, perennials and bulbs, vegetable gardening, fruit gardening, herb gardening, organic gardening, entomology, plant pathology and disease control, landscape design, plant propagation, composting and more.

After completing the educational component of the program, participants perform 50 hours of volunteer service in their community before the end of the calendar year. Master Gardener Extension Volunteers answer gardening questions at the ACC Extension office, staff informational booths at farmers markets and local events, conduct plant clinics, help with Plant a Row for the Hungry gardens, assist curators at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, teach Junior Master Gardener programs at local schools and more. In 2014, over 200 Master Gardeners serving the Athens area recorded more that 13,000 volunteer hours.

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Athens Area Master Gardener Association

2015 Master Gardener Class

The 2016 program will be held in January-March, 2016. Classes will take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:45-11:30 a.m. at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The program cost is $210, which includes 50 hours of instruction, a name badge, handbooks, reference materials, certificate and graduation reception upon course completion. Please download the 2016 Master Gardener Application or if you prefer to receive a mailed application, please contact Amanda Tedrow by calling (706) 613-3640 or email


Georgia Master Composter Program-Athens-Clarke County Program

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Established in 2011 as a partnership between Athens-Clarke County Extension and the Solid Waste Department, the Georgia Master Composter Program is an adult education course and Extension Volunteer program. Master Composters complete a nine-week training course that covers all aspects of the composting process. Classes are taught by UGA faculty, Athens-Clarke County and US Forest Service staff, and small and commercial business owners. Topics include the chemistry and microbiology of composting, types of and reasons for composting, composting techniques and teaching tools. As Extension volunteers, Master Composters then use this information to share composting basics with their family, friends and the community. To date, the Georgia Master Composter Program has trained 44 participants in the Athens area.

The 2016 Georgia Master Composter Program will be held during late January - March. Classes will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department. The program cost is $155, which includes 25 hours of instruction, a name badge, handbook, reference materials, vermicomposting bin materials, certificate, t-shirt and graduation reception upon course completion. If you would like to receive an application for the 2016 program, please contact Amanda Tedrow by calling (706) 613-3640 or email athens clarke county recycling

2015 Master Composter Class schedule



Shades of Green Newsletter

Shades of Green is a monthly newsletter in electronic format produced by the Athens-Clarke County Cooperative Extension "from gardeners to gardeners." The newsletter offers information specific to local gardeners, including: seasonal articles, gardening tips, and a schedule of events of interest. Submission of questions, as well as the sharing of photos and information is encouraged. You may call Amanda Tedrow at (706)613-3640, or email for additional information or to be added to the mailing list.


Georgia Certified Landscape Professional

What is GCLP? The Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Program is a voluntary testing program that certifies those in the landscape profession who have mastered a thorough knowledge and understanding of job skills to be successful in the industry.

Benefits of G.C.L.P. Certification include:

  • Customers will recognize certification as a mark of quality
  • Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation Office & UGA Extension Athens-Clarke County promote the use of GCLP Certified professionals
  • Special access to graduate resources and continuing educationacc public utilities

Athens-Clarke County Extension and the Water Conservation Office facilitate an annual GCLP Training Program to prepare landscapers for the written and hands-on exam. Total cost of the training program is $295 and includes: the program manual, 20 hours of professional instruction and hands-on training, refreshments and the exam fee of $165. The written exam is administered on the last day of class, and the hands-on exam is scheduled for a later date.

To request information regarding GCLP training, please contact Amanda Tedrow at or by calling (706) 613-3640.



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Gardening Clinics/Seminars

A county agent or Master Gardener can come and talk with your group concerning various gardening topics. Please contact Amanda Tedrow at


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Ask an Expert

Couldn't find what you were looking for? Need an answer to an agriculture or natural resource related question? Listed below are three options that are available to help find the right answer to your question.

  • To ask a question now and receive an answer by e-mail, please use the Ask an Expert link.
  • To contact our Agriculture Agent, Amanda Tedrow directly, e-mail her at
  • To ask a question by phone, please contact us at (706) 613-3640


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