Ask A Master Gardener Help Line
Madison Extension
(256) 532-1578
Live With Ken Creel Radio Show
Regional Extension Agent "Ken" answers home gardening questions and discusses subjects of general and seasonal gardening interests.

Call and tune-in Saturdays from 10-11 a.m.

(WTKI 1450 & WEKI 1490 AM)

(WTKI 92.7 & WEKI 94.7 FM)
Saturday's call in number
(256) 551-5200

Wednesday mornings 10-11 a.m. (WKAC 1080 AM)

Wednesday's call in number
(256) 232-6827

Donate to MGNA!
Our member dues and fundraisers help support the mission of MGNA and our service projects. However, we welcome personal or corporate donations! We are a 501(c)(3) organization. All or part of your donation may be tax deductible.

To donate to MGNA, please contact Diane Campen at
Jane R. Parks Grant AMGA Endowment
The Jane R. Parks Memorial Grant Fund was established in 2012 in memory of her lifelong commitment to education and gardening. All donations to this MGNA fund support existing, qualified, educational gardening projects in Madison County.

The Alabama Master Gardeners Association Horticulture Scholarship Endowment is established in the Auburn University Foundation to provide scholarships for students seeking a degree in the Department of Horticulture or closely related areas. MGNA contributes annually to this endowment.

2014 Officers
Board of Directors
Peter Ashley
Alice Brigman
Meredith Kilby
Melissa Kirkindall
Alice Tucker
Sue Toole

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Master Gardeners of North Amaerica
MGNA is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation
MGNA Helping Others
We teach environmentally sound gardening practices.
Community Gardening
Demonstration Vegetable Garden harvest is given to CASA of Madison County.
AMG Endowment
Dr. Shannon Parks, center, poses with representatives of the Seminole Boys and Girls Club, one of three recipients of a a 2013 Jane R. Parks Memorial Grant.

MGNA Event Calendar

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MGNA News and Announcements

Renew your 2014 MGNA Membership Today
2014 MGNA Meeting Dates and Guest Speaker List

View The 2014 April- May Issue Now! Garden Thymes Dec 2013-Jan 2014
  • MGNA Starts Public Facebook Page
  • MGNA to Hold May Plant Sale
  • MG Profile: Carolyn Wade
  • News, Vegetable and Herbs Columns!
  • MGNA Sponsored Workshops

    Herb Workshop Flyer

    2014 Workshop Schedule

    • Click here to Register for Herb Workshop
    • May 13 - HERBS - with Herb Society -
    • Registration Open! (Please read form and the confirmation email for complete details)
    • June 10 - Entomology and Integrated Pest Management with Ken Creel

    Helpful Reference Materials from Meetings

    Get Involved with Master Gardeners!

    Our annual budget is supported and funded by membership dues, donations, and fundraising efforts.

    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

    General Meetings

    The Master Gardeners of North Alabama (MGNA) meet every 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:00PM, Huntsville Botanical Gardens- Murray Hall.

    2014 Meeting Dates and Scheduled Speakers / Programs (Subject to Change)

    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 Financial Reports

    Master Gardener Training Course

    Apply. Take the Course. Volunteer. Share your talents!

    For more information on course content and availability check out Tri-County Master Gardener website

    Please contact Madison County Extension Office for the more information on the the Master Gardeners Program and the application.

    Service Projects and Public Gardening


    MGNA Forms & Applications



    Volunteer Recognition and Awards

    Jane R. Parks Memorial Grant Fund - Applications

    Specific Use Forms