Who We Are and What We Do
The Master Gardeners of Davidson County (MGofDC) are an Extension of the Institute of Agriculture at the University of Tennessee. Tennessee Extension Master Gardeners are trained volunteers that help the Extension Service provide sound, practical, research-based information to county residents about their home horticulture. All volunteers are trained with 40 hours of horticultural classes and return 40 hours of volunteer community service through their Extension office.
We were founded in 1986 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission to promote gardening and home horticulture through education, environmental stewardship, and volunteerism.
In 2021, our volunteers contributed over 6,000 volunteer hours toward community service and education projects in Nashville and Davidson County with an in-kind value of more than $136,000.
We operate five educational garden sites through collaborative partnerships: Demonstration & Educational Gardens at Ellington Agricultural Center, Harding Garden at Belle Meade, Historic Nashville City Cemetery, the Kitchen Gardens at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage and the Tennessee Agricultural Museum Heirloom Garden. We also have on-going community outreach programs throughout the year.
We meet at 6:30pm on the second Thursday of every month.
We are trying to use a hybrid format whenever possible for meetings: in person or Zoom you pick. Please check our calendar for Meeting Location and/or Zoom information.
In the event of inclement weather, all MGofDC meetings and activities will be suspended when Metro Nashville Public Schools close.
2023 MGofDC Executive Committee
President: JoCarol Cohen (2021)
First Vice President: TBD
Second Vice President: Amanda Irwin (2020)
Corresponding Secretary: Jenny Komoll (2019)
Recording Secretary: Elon Slutsky (2021)
Treasurer: Carla Beals (2021)
Membership Chairperson: Jen Zimmerer (2020)
Education Chairperson: Theresa Buffo (2015)
Webmaster: Karen Brown (2016)
UT/TSU Extension Agent Advisor: Amy Dunlap
Thank you to our outgoing Executive Committee Members Janet Brown and Tanisha Hall.
And shout out and thank you to Tom Coulter for serving on our Exec Committee for the past 7 years!
MGofDC Community Partners
Gardens of Babylon
Napier Elementary School (Garden)
Warner Parks Nature Center
Surrounding Master Gardener Extensions