Since 1979 North Carolina Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers have been working in the communities to educate, beautify and respond to needs of local residents. They are affiliated with the North Carolina State University receiving their designation after specialized training . They then work under the guidance and direction of the Extension Agent. 501c3 organization
Monthly meeting at 12:00 the second Wednesday of each month at the Murphy Public Library
2019 Master Gardener training classes March 5-April 30
Call Cherokee County Extension office at 828-837-2210 for information or to sign up. Please call soon, as class space is limited.
Upon completion of the training classes, students are invited to join the Cherokee County organization and to give back to the community by attending meetings and participating in our projects.
We offer information to the community regarding plants and landscaping. We also serve the community by offering advice on plants and diagnosing problems. Upon approval of community project applications, we plan, install and sometime maintain landscaped areas owned by county or non-profit organizations.
Fall displays: Our only fundraiser of the year, volunteers installed pumpkins, scarecrows, cornstalks and colorful décor items in fall displays at 38 businesses and residences in the Andrews and Murphy areas. Money raised in this traditional event funds our community projects, and in 2019 it also allowed the Cherokee County Extension Office to purchase a much needed farming implement.
The Master Gardeners Board of Directors is currently working on a business plan, which will be including budgeting for 2019 ongoing and new community projects. More information will be forthcoming when available.