Master Gardeners Of Hamilton County Offer Free Gardening Classes

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Master Gardeners of Hamilton County (MGHC), in association with the University of Tennessee Extension, extend their outreach with a series of Third Saturday Free Gardening Classes. 

On Oct. 21, from 10 a.m.-noon, master gardener Bertha Livingston leads “Children in the Garden,” a workshop for adult/child partners.  MGHC classes take place at the UT Extension, Agricultural Service Center, 6183 Adamson Circle, off Bonny Oaks Drive.  For more information, visit

Ms. Livingston loves working with children.  Over the years, she has created the Children’s Area at both the MGHC Garden Expo and the MGHC exhibit at the Hamilton County Fair.  She said, “Bring the children in your life for a morning of fun learning about all things gardening!  We'll have a variety of hands-on activities designed for children of all ages, including demonstrations, information about bees and butterflies, soil and seeds, plus, painting activities and games.  We know that children have a natural curiosity about nature. Seeing a garden’s wonders through a child’s eyes is a joy to share.  If you have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or a neighborhood child that loves coming into your garden, share your passion with them. Get them out into the sunshine and open those very curious minds to a whole new world they will never forget.”

Advance registration is required.  To register for this class, contact the MGHC Education Committee:  Please include your name, email address, phone number and names and ages of the children attending.

Master Gardeners of Hamilton County is a non-profit, educational, volunteer organization that plays an important role in the civic life of Chattanooga and the surrounding area.  Among the many on-going landscaping and garden partnerships undertaken by MGHC are: Aquarium Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden, Bonny Oaks Arboretum, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Chattanooga Zoo, McCoy Farm & Garden, Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, and Siskin Children’s Garden.

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