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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:

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:

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 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.


2019 State Conference

Check out our photos from the 2019 State Conference HERE

Reflections of a Master Gardener Intern

After six weeks of lectures, hands-on instruction, and one long final exam, the 2019 Jefferson County Master Gardener Interns have been set loose to work on projects to beautify and educate our city. Attending classes was a very positive experience where passionate gardeners of all experience levels were able to hone their skills, and find new interests under the broad umbrella of what it means to be a gardener.

MG 2019 Intern Richie Goff
2019 Intern Richie Goff

The Master Gardener program is very much about community, and immediately I made friends and connections with my classmates and instructors. There is something inherently very cathartic about getting your hands dirty to make things grow. Getting to share that experience with others who understand this process binds you pretty quickly, and having an outlet to compare notes creates a unified, yet richly diverse group. Some of the best conversations are with people who take completely different approaches to gardening than you do, which in turn gives you extra tools in your tool box when dealing with difficult situations. 

Immediately I was connected with June Sandercock, who taught our first class on perennials, and was also a mutual acquaintance. I decided pretty quickly I wanted to work with her group, and weeks before classes ended I was working with them to remove weeds from Farmington Historic Plantation. 

Farmington is nestled behind Sullivan University, and though you can hear the cars from the nearby highway, it feels like you’ve stepped back in time. The plantation was completed in 1816 for John and Lucy Speed, and was a thriving 550-acre hemp plantation where nearly 60 enslaved African Americans worked. Today, Farmington is raising hemp once again after being selected to be a participant in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Hemp Pilot Program, where they will be conducting research on growing different varieties.

Our first priority was to tame the poison ivy and the invasive honeysuckle along the creek bed, which we worked on during our first visit and made a noticeable difference. Though Farmington has Brian, groundskeeper of 19 years, it takes many hands to keep such a large chunk of land in order, and our group is excited to get it back to its former glory.

One of our priorities is to install a traditional kitchen garden, which will have a combination of edible flowers, vegetables, and herbs. A garden like this would have been planted by the separate kitchen building in centuries past, so that fresh ingredients could be picked just steps from the kitchen door. Before anything can be planted, however, we will have to face the daunting challenge of the thick patch of ivy which has overtaken the space.

Our other current priority is to get the formal garden weeded and brought back to a healthy state. While the garden does have some nice plants-- roses, peonies, lamb’s ear, Solomon’s seal, and plenty of lilies-- it is a tad overgrown, and maybe not as traditional in its plantings as it once was. We hope to revitalize it to its past splendor, so that visitors will have a sense of how not only the house would have looked, but all the grounds as well.

In the two months that classes have been finished, I have already accumulated over 10 hours of volunteer time. It’s easy to see why with so many exciting projects going on, including the upkeep of the fabulous Hildegard House Garden June’s team tackled in years past. A friend of mine who works for Hildegard House (an organization which cares for individuals at the end of life who have no home or loved ones to care for them) told me that one of her residents loves sitting out in the garden in the evenings and putting a flower behind her ear. This resident is 102 years old, and providing her with a little slice of heaven on earth is why being a Master Gardener is so rewarding.

Submitted by Richie Goff, 2019 MG Intern