Master Gardener Association of the Piedmont

Clematis

"Volunteers Making A Difference"

The mission of the Master Gardener Association of the Piedmont is to provide a venue for Master Gardeners to continue their participation in education and gardening activities after their completion of a sanctioned Master Gardener education program.

 

Our Objectives include:
1. Supporting volunteer programs that address the needs of the hungry in Spartanburg County;
2. Sharing our Master Gardener knowledge with the public;
3. Maintaining a Yahoo Group so that gardeners can ask for help with diagnosing problems, identifying plants or pests, sharing of gardening tidbits;
4. Providing a social venue so that gardeners can meet others with gardening interests and expand our mutual gardening knowledge.

 

Membership in MGAP is open to individuals who have completed or are currently enrolled in a Master Gardener education program, either in S.C. or another state. Corporate memberships are not available. Annual dues are $15 per person or household, and are due January 1 of each year. Checks should be made payable to “MGAP” and mailed to the Treasurer, Ann Moore, at 109 Cinder Creek Road, Spartanburg SC 29307. Any payment received after October 31 shall be considered dues payment for the ensuing year.

Volunteer Service and Social Activities

Plant A Row For The Hungry

Master Gardeners raise fruits and vegetables in a community garden. Every year, several tons of produce are delivered to locations such as Mobile Meals, 2nd Presbyterian Soup Kitchen, The Children's Shelter, and Miller Place.

 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

MGAP works with Spartanburg County annually to offer a safe means for homeowners to discard items such as unused pesticides and fertilizers, waste oil, batteries, propane tanks, paint, and corrosives. A professional waste management company accepts the collection and keeps it out of Spartanburg landfills and ground water.

 

"Ask A Master Gardener" at the Hub City Farmers' Market

An answer booth is manned by Master Gardener Volunteers from 8am to noon every Saturday, May through November. Homeowners can ask questions about plant culture, diseases, and treatments.

 

Community Involvement

Volunteers provide labor at Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve, Habitat for Humanity, Mountainview Nursing Home, Kudzu Coalition; Programs at community gardens such as Salvation Army; Speakers Bureau for organizations requesting a program on horticultural topics.

 

Social Events

Annual Open Garden Tour, Spring and Fall Socials, Graduation program, Christmas party, Annual Plant Swap.  

MGAP Continuing Education Opportunities

MGAP offers Continuing Education programs to members. Many of these programs qualify for education credits for those seeking certification hours. Please consult with your Extension Coordinator if you have questions about whether the program fulfills Clemson's requirements.

 

Unless noted otherwise, programs are free and open to the public. Social time begins at 6:30, speakers start at 7:00pm.

 

Scheduled Programs:

Date Topic Speaker Time Location
September 8, 2014 Bulbs Beyond the Basics Mary Snoddy 7:00pm

Library Headquarters

Barrett Room

October 13, 2014 Berry Good Gardening George Dickert 7:00pm

Library Headquarters

Barrett Room

November 10, 2014 Winterizing Your Yard For Birds Nick Krull, Wild Birds Unlimited 7:00pm

Library Headquarters

Barrett Room

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The Clemson University Extension CULogo

Master Gardener Program

Clemson University Extension offers the upstate's ONLY Certified Master Gardener program.

 

The mission of the Clemson Extension Master Gardener Program is to select, train, and utilize knowledgeable volunteers to facilitate the educational work of the local Consumer Horticulture Agent, by delivering research-based information to citizens of the state.

 

The Master Gardener program is divided into two parts: Instruction and Service.

 

In the first part, participants receive at least 40 hours of intensive, practical horticultural training. Instruction topics include: Soils and Plant Nutrition; Soil Components; Soil pH and CEC; Macronutrients & Micronutrients; Fertilizers; Botany and Plant Physiology; Taxonomy; Anatomy; Photosynthesis, Respiration & Transpiration; Basic Plant Pathology; Entomology; Vegetable and Fruit Gardening; Propagation; Culture of Woody Ornamentals; Annuals, Perennials & Bulbs; Lawn Care; Basic Landscape Design; Problem Solving. Classes begin in late August and run 17 weeks.

 

In addition to successfully completing the classroom portion, students are required to volunteer at least 40 hours of educational service in the Clemson Extension office or in the community to become a Certified Clemson Extension Master Gardener. Volunteer activities are coordinated through the local county Extension office.

 

For enrollment information, visit the Clemson Extension website

 

Additional Information

2014 Board Members, Officers, Committee Chairmen:

President

Peggy Taylor

587-1184

dptay1268@att.net

1st Vice President

Jim Weeks

579-1624

jpweeksmd@aol.com

2nd Vice President

Richard Strasburger

585-5556

rstrasburger@hotmail.com

Secretary

Leslie Atkins

279-3637

lja9797@gmail.com

Treasurer

Ann Moore

431-9484

eannmoore210@gmail.com

At Large

Georgia Bullington

Nancy Lewis

Ramona Ludvik

Buddy Waters

249-3052

494-0780

576-1877

895-7501

glanford@srhs.com

nancyl@infodepot.org

sunbird90@peoplepc.com

waters1149@msn.com

Socials

Barbara Colvin

216-3129

bebeecolvin@hotmail.com

Continuing Education

Richard Strasburger

585-5556

rstrasburger@hotmail.com

Plant A Row for the Hungry

Harold Page

587-0939

bud29376@yahoo.com

Ask-A-Master Gardener @ Hub City Farmers Market

Jerry Hightower

578-9131

aahightower@msn.com

Household Hazardous Waste Safe Collection Project

Jim Weeks

579-1624

jpweeksmd@aol.com

Newsletter

Kim Dillard

596-2993 x114

kdllrd@clemson.edu

 

SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE HELPFUL INFORMATION AND LINKS

Need help with a gardening question?

1. Search the Clemson Home/Garden Information Center.  There are hundreds of fact sheets online.  You can even print a copy for permanent reference: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/search.html
2. You can contact a Master Gardener via telephone. Call the Clemson Extension office at (864) 596-2993.
3.  Visit the “Ask A Master Gardener” Answer Booth at the Hub City Farmers Market, open Saturdays 8am to noon, May through November.

 

Want to join the Master Gardener Association Yahoo Group?

Group members receive email notifications about continuing education programs, socials, events. Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mgap/ and ask to become a member.  This is a site for MG information only; no commercial solicitation or advertising is allowed. You can unsubscribe from the group at any time.

 

Need to report your volunteer/education hours to Clemson? 

Click MGHoursReporting to go to the Clemson Extension Hours Reporting website.  If you don’t have a log-on yet, you can set one up here.

 

Want to be on the MGAP Newsletter email list?

Newsletters are produced on an as-needed basis, as dictated by upcoming events.  They distributed via email to those who are due-paying members of the Association.  Annual dues are $15 per person or household, and are due January 1 of each year.  Checks should be made payable to “MGAP” and mailed to the Treasurer, Ann Moore, at 109 Cinder Creek Road, Spartanburg, SC  29307.  Any payment received after October 31 shall be considered dues payment for the ensuing year. 

 

Want to review the MGAP bylaws?

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