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Our MGNA organization is supported and funded by membership dues, donations, and fundraising efforts. MGNA Annual Reports and Bylaws
Master Gardeners touch lives through: • Community landscape beautification projects • Horticulture therapy, which provides physical, emotional, and mentally stimulating benefits to those whose opportunities are severely limited • Community vegetable gardens • School landscape and classroom projects • Environmental awareness education
History of Master Gardening and the Master Gardeners of North Alabama
The Master Gardener (MG) volunteer program began in 1972 in King County (Seattle), Washington. Extension Agent David Gibby was being overwhelmed with requests for gardening information. Partially in self-defense, he developed the idea of providing training for avid gardeners who would then share the acquired knowledge with others through community service.
The Master Gardener concept quickly took root, and by 1988 there was a Master Gardener International Program. There are now programs in all 50 states and at least four Canadian provinces. Wherever they are found, Master Gardeners share a common desire to learn more about gardening and to become better stewards of our country's landscapes and natural resources.
Thousands of individuals, including over 6,000 Alabamians in 42 Alabama counties, have received this much-acclaimed training, and thousands of hours of volunteer service have been given in return.
Mary Lou McNabb brought the Master Gardener concept to Huntsville, Al in 1981. She asked Madison County Extension Agent Gary Murray if he would help get a Master Gardener Program started in Alabama. These two individuals, along with Dr. Caula
Beyl and Dr. Govid Sharma of Alabama A&M University, organized the first Alabama
Master Gardener training program in Huntsville.
In 1988 The Master Gardeners of North Alabama (MGNA) was organized and began conducting regular meetings and events. It was these energetic volunteers who established many of our outreach and extension support programs that continue today.
MGNA continued to grow and in 2004 it was decided that our all-volunteer organization should formally organize as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Each year we see new Master Gardener Interns join our ranks after taking the Master Gardener Training Course. You are never to young or too old for this program! We continue to serve our greater Huntsville, Alabama communities as an all volunteer organization.
Our Meeting Schedule
The Master Gardeners of North Alabama (MGNA) meet every 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:00PM, Huntsville Botanical Gardens- Murray Hall. The November 2014 General Meeting is at Noon in Murray Hall.
MGNA MEMBERS! Be sure to check and read your MGNA emails regularly for late breaking news and announcements on all MGNA events, field trips and workshops. Each issue of our Garden Thymes newsletter also includes a calendar of upcoming events.
2014 Board Meetings:
The MGNA Executive Board meets monthly. Meetings take place from 12 - 2 PM on the Monday preceding the monthly General Meeting (see schedule, above). Meetings take place in the classroom of the Charles Stone Agricultural Center,
819 Cook Avenue,
Huntsville, AL 35801.
MGNA Annual Reports and Bylaws
Master Gardener Training Course
Apply Now for the Fall 2014 Tri County Master Gardener Training Course.
Class starts Thursday, August 14th and Ends Nov 6th. Class is held from 5:30 to 9:00 pm on Thursdays. Visit our course page for more information and how to apply.
Course Details, Syllabus and Class Locations are made available on the Tri-County Master Gardener website
Course is directed by the Madison County Extension Office in affiliation with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.