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(256) 532-1578
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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 Owen Hofer at
Jane R. Parks Grant AMGA Endowment

2015 Jane R Parks Grant Information and Application

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.

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

2016 Officers
Board of Directors
Alice Brigman
Bill Fuller
Meredith Kilby
Acacia Moore
Ann Tippie
Tom Simpson

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MGNA Helping Others
We teach environmentally sound gardening practices.
Community Gardening
MGNA's vegetable garden at the Huntsville Botanical Garden feeds area CASA seniors.
Through grants, workshops and school projects, gardening education grows!

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    Essential Oils and Herbal Flavorings Workshop

    Wednesday, Aug 17,2016 from 10 am to Noon In coordination with the Huntsville Herb Society. Workshop will take plce at:
    Madison County Extension Office 819 Cook Ave., Huntsville, AL
    Cost: $5.00 per person. Space is limited. Pre-Registration and payment required.
    Online Registration Form ------ View Workshop Flyer

    We are currently updating the reminder of our 2016 Workshop Calendar

    Get Involved with Master Gardeners!

    Our MGNA organization is supported and funded by membership dues, donations, and fundraising efforts. MGNA Annual Reports and Bylaws

    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. Please see schedule below for meeting exact locations and scheduled presenters.

    2016 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.

    2016 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 Reports and Bylaws

    Master Gardener Training Course

    Apply Now for the Winter 2016 Tri-County Master Gardener Training Course.

    Winter 2016 Class starts Thursday, February 4th, 2016 and runs through April 28th. 9 AM to 1:30 at Belle Mina Research Station.

    Fall 2016 Class starts Thursday, August 11th and runs through October 27th. 5 PM to 9 PM at Belle Mina Research Station.

    Visit our course page for more information and how to apply.

    Course Details, Syllabus and Class Locations are made available on the Tri-County Master Gardener website

    Course is directed by the Madison County Extension Office in affiliation with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

    Service Projects and Public Gardening


    MGNA Forms & Applications



    Volunteer Recognition and Award Nomination Forms - 2016

    Jane R. Parks Memorial Grant Fund - Applications

    Specific Use Forms