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To information about the NC Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteer program of Union County! We want to share with you more about the Master Gardener volunteers of Union County and what we do.

About Us~
Our program is a group of NC State Extension trained volunteers that have been serving the communities in Union County, NC, since 1989. Our Union County Extension Master Gardeners participate in and provide educational community programs such as:

Teaching Gardens  – The Union County Extension Master Gardeners grow and maintain Teaching Gardens that include a sunny cottage garden and a woodland garden. The gardens are open to the public year round. There is a pergola in the sunny cottage garden area with seating where you can enjoy the gardens from the shade. Picnic tables and benches are scattered through the garden for family picnics and resting and contemplation. The woodland garden area includes an amphitheater and a children’s garden.

Growline  –  We are here to help answer your gardening and landscaping questions. ​ We provide science-based information from our land-grant institutions, North Carolina State University and N.C. A&T State University. Call (704-283-3822) or email ( us for help with your gardening questions.

Community Educational Programs include Successful Gardener, Speakers Bureau, Ask a Master Gardener, Let’s Get Growing Radio Show on local Radio Station WIXE 93.1FM and 1190 a.m. on Saturday mornings from 8:00  – 9:00 a.m., and more.

Successful Gardener Programs  – The public is invited to attend our free educational programs on various gardening and horticulture topics on the 1st Thursday of each month (except December), at 7 p.m., at the Union County Agriculture Center. Sign up to receive We Garden Union County, to receive information on upcoming Successful Gardener programs.  Register to attend at Successful Gardener.

Speakers Bureau  –  We have Volunteers who provide programs and presentations to community organizations and schools upon request.

Ask a Master Gardener  – Held on various dates and locations April – September. Check the UCEMGV website and follow UnionCountyNCMasterGardeners for information.

Heritage Festival  – The annual Heritage Festival is planned and hosted by the Union County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers each year in September. This is a free, fun, family focused festival with lots of hands-on activities for the kids, cooking demonstrations, music, stories in the garden, garden talks, food, and of course, vendors! The Wild Turkey 5K Trail Run & Walk kicks off the day at 8 a.m. takes participants through parts of Jessie Helms Park, trails through the woods and finishes at the Teaching Garden. The Heritage Festival opens at 9:00 a.m. and goes until 4:00 p.m.

We Garden Union County  – This is our monthly newsletter with timely articles & gardening tips. Includes information on upcoming Successful Gardener programs, Plant Sales, and other events offered for the public. Sign up by clicking on We Garden Union County above.

Plant Sales  – The Union County Extension Master Gardeners hold three plant sales each year that are open to the public. February – Tree & Fruit Sale; April – Spring Plant Sale; October Fall Bulb & Plant Sale. Smaller pop-up sales may also be held at Farmer’s Markets or the Teaching Garden throughout the growing season. Proceeds from the plant sales are used to support our educational programs in the community. To receive information about upcoming plant sales sign up for our monthly newsletter, We Garden Union County.