Our History

History of Rhea County Master Gardener Association

The Rhea County Master Gardener Program began its first class on August 14, 2001 at the Dayton Skills Center in Dayton under the leadership of Jerry Lamb, Rhea County Extension Agent and Director. The program was so well received that a second class was held in January 2002. In 2002, Rhea County Master Gardeners from the first two classes created Rhea County Master Gardener Association.

Master Gardeners have played a vital role in the community. Projects have included building the picnic pavilion and the walking trail at the Agriculture and Natural Resource Complex (Ag Center) in Evensville, as well as planting trees and shrubs at the Center and at the Rhea County Medical Center (in its former location). Master Gardeners have helped the 4-H program during the Celebrate the Earth event, judged 4-H record books, attended 4-H camp, assisted with 4-H fundraising activities, worked during site preparation for the Rhea County Fair, and helped out with various tasks during the fair activities.

Master Gardeners have also conducted numerous educational programs at Wal-Mart, Strawberry Festival, Apple Festival, Ag Day, as well as at garden club meetings and Master Gardener Association meetings. Sessions have included growing herbs, gourds, wildlife nuisance controls, attracting wildlife, landscaping, beekeeping, insect pests, propagation, growing blueberries, making rain barrels, grafting trees, just to mention a few.

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Since the completion of the Exhibition Hall in 2010, regular Association meetings are convened at the Ag Center.

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