Classes & Resources

Master Gardener Extension Volunteer (MGEV) Program

What is the MGEV Program?

The Georgia MGEV Program connects UGA Extension, plant enthusiasts and communities across the state. MGEVs share UGA Extension information about selection and care of plants for ornamental value, recreation and home food production. MGEVs teach community members how to use plants and gardening to improve environment, personal health and quality of life.

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Do I have to know a lot about plants and gardening to apply? 

No — some basic experience and knowledge is preferable, but we welcome enthusiastic people who want to share their love of plants with their communities through Extension programming and consumer-horticulture projects. If you have the time and commitment to learn and want to put your knowledge and skills to work through volunteer service, contact the Chatham County Extension office for guidance on the application and screening process.

Bamboo Information

For more information on bamboo maintenance, removal and growing, please review the UGA Cooperative Extension Publication Growing Bamboo in Georgia and the article from UF IFAS Bamboo Control. (Please note garden hours and admission fee have changed since Bulletin publication.)

Additional information, including bamboo suppliers and events can be found at  Southeast Chapter of the American Bamboo Society.


Soil & Water Testing

Whether you’d like to increase your crop yield, grow healthier roses, test the quality of your drinking water or make sure your creek isn’t polluted, UGA Extension soil and water testing services can help. Contact your county Extension office for more information, or Chatham County Extension if you’re local.

Chatham County Extension

UGA Extension in Chatham County provides a variety of educational programs and client services in the areas of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS), 4-H Youth Development, and Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR). We provide current, unbiased, research-based information to our community through the cooperation of the University of Georgia with federal, state, and local governments.