Master Gardener Association of the Piedmont


PLEASE NOTE: We are transitioning our means of communication from this website to a Facebook page. Please visit FB page: Spartanburg Master Gardeners - MGAP. You do NOT need to have your own Facebook page to view the MGAP page and its postings.

The mission of the Master Gardener Association of the Piedmont is to provide a venue for Master Gardeners to continue their participation in education and gardening activities after their completion of a sanctioned Master Gardener education program.


Our Objectives include:
1. Supporting volunteer programs that address the needs of the hungry in Spartanburg County;
2. Sharing our Master Gardener knowledge with the public;
3. Maintaining a Yahoo Group so that gardeners can ask for help with diagnosing problems, identifying plants or pests, sharing of gardening tidbits;
4. Providing a social venue so that gardeners can meet others with gardening interests and expand our mutual gardening knowledge.


Membership in MGAP is open to individuals who have completed or are currently enrolled in a Master Gardener education program, either in S.C. or another state. Corporate memberships are not available. Annual dues are $15 per person or household, and are due January 1 of each year. Checks should be made payable to “MGAP” and mailed to the Treasurer, Ann Moore, at 109 Cinder Creek Road, Spartanburg SC 29307. Any payment received after October 31 shall be considered dues payment for the ensuing year.

Volunteer Service and Social Activities

Plant A Row For The Hungry

Master Gardeners raise fruits and vegetables in two community gardens. The first is a one-acre site located at 1980 Battleground Road in Cowpens; the second is a half-acre site located near downtown Spartanburg at 645 Old Howard Gap Road, next to St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Every year, several tons of produce are grown, harvested and delivered to locations such as Mobile Meals, 2nd Presbyterian Soup Kitchen, The Children's Shelter, Miracle Hill and Miller Place.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection

MGAP works with Spartanburg County annually to offer a safe means for homeowners to discard items such as unused pesticides and fertilizers, waste oil, batteries, propane tanks, paint, and corrosives. A professional waste management company accepts the collection and keeps it out of Spartanburg landfills and ground water.


"Garden Goodness" Education Programs at the Spartanburg Headquarters Library

MGAP partners with the Spartanburg County Library to offer monthly horticulture education programs. These are free and open to the public. Programs are held the second Monday evening of each month except December, 7pm


Community Involvement

Volunteers provide labor at Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve, Habitat for Humanity, Mountainview Nursing Home, Kudzu Coalition; Programs at community gardens such as Salvation Army; Speakers Bureau for organizations requesting a program on horticultural topics.


Social Events

Open Garden Tour, Spring and Fall Socials, Graduation program, Christmas party, Plant Swap.  

MGAP Continuing Education Opportunities

MGAP offers Continuing Education programs to members. Many of these programs qualify for education credits for those seeking certification hours. Please consult with your Extension Coordinator if you have questions about whether the program fulfills Clemson's requirements.


Unless noted otherwise, programs are free and open to the public. Social time begins at 6:30, speakers start at 7:00pm.


Scheduled Programs:

Date Topic Speaker Time Location
September 11, 2017 Diagnosing Plant Problems

Drew Jeffers


Library Headquarters

Barrett Room

October 9, 2017

Trillium: Native Jewel of the Forest

Patrick McMillan


Library Headquarters

Barrett Room

November 13, 2017 Topic to Be Announced

Leslie Atkins


Library Headquarters

Barrett Room

December 2017

No December Program


The Clemson University Extension CULogo

Master Gardener Program

Clemson University Extension offers the upstate's ONLY Certified Master Gardener program.


The mission of the Clemson Extension Master Gardener Program is to select, train, and utilize knowledgeable volunteers to facilitate the educational work of the local Consumer Horticulture Agent, by delivering research-based information to citizens of the state.


The Master Gardener program is divided into two parts: Instruction and Service.


In the first part, participants receive at least 40 hours of intensive, practical horticultural training. Instruction topics include: Soils and Plant Nutrition; Soil Components; Soil pH and CEC; Macronutrients & Micronutrients; Fertilizers; Botany and Plant Physiology; Taxonomy; Anatomy; Photosynthesis, Respiration & Transpiration; Basic Plant Pathology; Entomology; Vegetable and Fruit Gardening; Propagation; Culture of Woody Ornamentals; Annuals, Perennials & Bulbs; Lawn Care; Basic Landscape Design; Problem Solving. Classes begin in late August and run 17 weeks.


In addition to successfully completing the classroom portion, students are required to volunteer at least 40 hours of educational service in the Clemson Extension office or in the community to become a Certified Clemson Extension Master Gardener. Volunteer activities are coordinated through the local county Extension office.


For enrollment information, visit the Clemson Extension website


Additional Information

2017 Board Members, Officers, Committee Chairmen:


Jim Weeks


1st Vice President

Richard Strasburger


2nd Vice President





Mary Poliakoff



Ann Moore


At Large

Linda Cooper

Johnaca Dunlap

Delaine Childress

Peggy Parrott






Peggy Parrott


Continuing Education

Richard Strasburger


Speakers' Bureau




Plant A Row for the Hungry

Harold Page


Ask-A-Master Gardener @ Hub City Farmers Market




Household Hazardous Waste Safe Collection Project

Jim Weeks



Kim Dillard

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Need help with a gardening question?

1. Search the Clemson Home/Garden Information Center.  There are hundreds of fact sheets online.  You can even print a copy for permanent reference:
2. You can contact a Master Gardener via telephone. Call the Clemson Extension office at (864) 596-2993.
3.  Visit the “Ask A Master Gardener” Answer Booth at the Hub City Farmers Market, open Saturdays 8am to noon, May through November.


Want to join the Master Gardener Association Yahoo Group?

Group members receive email notifications about continuing education programs, socials, events. Visit and ask to become a member.  This is a site for MG information only; no commercial solicitation or advertising is allowed. You can unsubscribe from the group at any time.


Need to report your volunteer/education hours to Clemson? 

Click MGHoursReporting to go to the Clemson Extension Hours Reporting website.  If you don’t have a log-on yet, you can set one up here.


Want to be on the MGAP Newsletter email list?

Newsletters are produced on an as-needed basis, as dictated by upcoming events.  They distributed via email to those who are due-paying members of the Association.  Annual dues are $15 per person or household, and are due January 1 of each year.  Checks should be made payable to “MGAP” and mailed to the Treasurer, Ann Moore, at 109 Cinder Creek Road, Spartanburg, SC  29307.  Any payment received after October 31 shall be considered dues payment for the ensuing year. 


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