Our upcoming Lessons Learned Tour Spring 2022!

The Fall Lessons Learned Tour

Unique features in the Westfall garden!

Vivid colors in the Wheatley garden

The Campbell garden has sun, shade, a pond and more!

Lessons Learned Garden Tour 2021

Fall Activities in the Garden - Saturday, Sept. 18th 10am – 4pm, Cost - FREE!

Do gardeners wind down in the Fall? No way! Spend some time in these gardens and see what they have planned. There are vegetable gardens still in full swing, shrubs to plant, tropical bulbs to be stored, and other fall chores to do.

Campbell – 105 Tristan Road      (Shelbyville Rd/Hurstbourne area)

Westfall   – 401 Chenoweth Lane      (St. Matthews area)

Wheatley – 209 South Hampton Rd  (same subdivision as Campbell)

Please note: Restrooms will not be available. Masks are encouraged.

Garden Tour Photos – June 26, 2021


On Saturday, June 26th, our association held Lessons Learned Tour 2021.  It featured the gardens of three of our fellow Master Gardeners - Judy Buckler, Mary Ellen Howley and Trilba Smith. And what fabulous gardens they are!  It reminded me of the enormous talent and passion for gardening that Judy, Mary Ellen and Trilba possess and indeed the passion and display.  The day was a resplendent example of how the work of JCMGA contributes to our community, both in our own gardens and in the many approved volunteer projects we work on.

Thank you to Judy, Mary Ellen and Trilba for sharing their wonderful gardens and thank you to all members who volunteered their time to make the day a great success!  Well over 100 people visited each of the featured gardens
. JCMGA President Joe Tolan

Prior to the Tour, Keith Kaiser of WDRB in the Morning, visited the gardens! Catch the video here: https://www.wdrb.com/wdrb-in-the-morning/a-special-tour-lets-you-see-how-master-gardener-gardens-grow/article_8d577fa0-d4fc-11eb-b03a-eb92f603a097.html

Judy (middle) with fellow MGs ready to talk about Judy's garden.
Trilba loves to share her garden!
Mary Ellen is all smiles when it comes to her garden!

For more Garden Tour photos, click here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/tPEaTm2zBNXmZTwF7

Lessons Learned Tour 2021

Jefferson County Master Gardener Association presents:
“Incorporating Natives into your Garden”
Saturday, June 26th 10am – 4pm, Cost - Free!

At your leisure, come view three unique gardens and learn how each of these gardeners developed them and their lessons learned along the way. All three gardens are Monarch Way Stations!

The Buckler Garden is a delightful cottage style garden with continual color, vegetable garden space, and a few surprise chickens! From a few pine trees in 2009, it has evolved into a little paradise.

The Howley Garden is a small formal garden personalized with touches of garden art reflecting the owner’s fun personality. Notice how the smart design reduces lawn care! “Be a grower, not a mower!”

The Smith Garden highlights both sun & shade native plants with a few edibles mixed in. The lush perennial borders create an environment for pollinators and wildlife.

Buckler – 7600 Tempsclair Road (Hikes Point area)
Howley – 408 Lotis Way (St. Matthews area)
Smith – 2402 Boulevard Napolean (Highlands area)

Please note: Restrooms will not be available.

Starting seeds indoors with Janie

Horticulture Wednesdays

Welcome to Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays.
Each week University of Kentucky County Extension Agents and Specialists bring an informative 30 to 45 minute program straight to your computer. You can join us live at 11:30 am CST/12:30 pm EST on ZOOM each Wednesday. No worries if you missed one! Videos are uploaded for viewing anytime. Click the Zoom link above or go to the Kentucky Hort News website for more information on registering.

February 17: Pruning Apple Trees – Daniel Becker
February 24: Pruning Brambles – Shawn Wright
March 3: New Plants for the New Year – Amy Aldenderfer
March 10: Starter Fertilizer and Lawn Establishment – Brad Lee
March 17: Building a Self-Watering Raised Bed – Kara Back
March 24: Rain Gardens – Adam Leonberger
March 31: Common Blueberry Planting Problems – Chris Smigell
April 7: Using Native Plants in the Landscape – Susan Fox
April 14: Companion Planting – Amanda Sears
April 21: How to Start a Community Garden – Bethany Pratt
April 28: Common Vegetable Diseases – Adam Leonberger
May 5: From My Head Toma Toes – Susan Fox
May 12: Japanese Art of Kokedama – Sharon Flynt
May 19: Begonias – Jamie Dockery
May 26: Summer and Fall Lawn Care – Ray Tackett

Gardening during COVID19

Jefferson County Master Gardeners have continued gardening during this period of coronavirus restrictions. Many have preferred to stay in their personal gardens this year. Some have put on their masks and made their way to project gardens that continue to grow, virus or not!

You will find MGs at Community Gardens, the Hildegard House garden, Olmsted Parks, the Louisville Nature Center Sensory and Rain Gardens, Whitehall Woodland Garden, Yew Dell Botanical Garden, Bernheim and Creasey-Mahan! We follow all health and safety guidelines that are in place at the time of our volunteer work.

Recent photos from the Hildegard House garden:

Annual Plant Sale & More!

2020 MG Training Class

The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension office and Jefferson County Master Gardener Association (JCMGA) are delighted to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2020 Jefferson County Master Gardener Certification Program. 

  • The total fee is $175, a $20 background check fee is due at the information meeting prior to acceptance. The remainder ($155) is payable upon your acceptance into the program.  The fee covers the cost of classes and labs, written materials, your master gardener certificate, and master gardener ID badge. 
  • All applicants must pass a background check prior to being accepted into the class.
  • There will be two information/registration sessions. See important links below. One on Monday, February 17th and one on Wednesday, February 19th,  6:00-8:00pm.  The requirements at that time are your completed background check form, a copy of your driver’s license, and the $20.00 background check fee (not refundable) are due on the date of registration.  The classes will begin on March 11th and continue through June 3rd, except the Wednesday of Derby week (April 29th).   The classes will be on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm.   You will be required to attend all classes unless you have received prior approval from the instructor to miss due to circumstances beyond your control.  If you miss a class (with prior approval only), the class will have to be made up at the Extension Office.
  • You will be required to attend two labs.  Labs may be held at various sites within the community and may be scheduled on Saturdays. There will be a third optional lab.
  • Classes and information/registration sessions will be held at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office, located at 4200 Gardiner View Ave, Louisville, KY  40213.
  • Upon completion of all classroom studies and labs, you will be required to pass a final exam.  At that time, you will become a Master Gardener Intern for a period of one year.  During this year, you will be required to complete 40 hours of volunteer work in JCMGA approved projects. 
  • Every year thereafter, certified Master Gardeners must complete at least 20 hours on JCMGA approved  projects and complete 10 hours of continuing education.

The primary purpose of the JCMGA is to serve the community and spread knowledge of good gardening practices.  Volunteer hours are essential to our mission.  Master Gardener certification cannot be used to advertise your expertise for promoting personal business ventures. Only those committed to continued service should apply.  We educate the public, so the willingness to present topics to groups is needed. The only qualification for being admitted to the program is that you have a fondness for nature and an eagerness to learn.  The Association offers you the opportunity to attend educational meetings and workshops, work alongside knowledgeable gardeners, and learn from their years of valuable hands-on experience.

Deadline Extended! Register for one of the information sessions on Monday, February 17th or Wednesday, February 19th using the following  link:

Info Sessions - Eventbrite

Please click on Extension Volunteer Form, download and complete prior to attending the Info Session. Please bring the completed forms, background check fee ($20 cash or check payable to: Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office) and a copy of your driver's license with you to the information session. If you enrolled in the information session but must cancel, please let us know at news@jcmgaky.org or return to Eventbrite and cancel your ticket.

If more than forty individuals are interested, the Extension office will conduct phone and/or in person interviews to determine finalists for the program.  We thank you for your interest and regret that, due to limited resources, we can only accept 40 candidates.  We look forward to a fun and educational season with those of you who are chosen.