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Agriculture and Horticulture

Davidson County Extension uses the resources of the University of Tennessee and Tennessee State University to conduct educational programs in agriculture, horticulture and natural resources.

Extension's agricultural programs provide the link between Land Grant College Research and individuals such as farmers, homeowners and agribusinesses keeping them up to date on on the latest management practices needed to solve problems and improve production and marketing. Educational programs are designed to encourage understanding and adoption of improved technology that relates to agriculture and our natural resources.

Programs educate farmers and homeowners and other agricultural and horticultural producers on the latest management practices needed to solve problems and improve production and marketing. Programs also help Tennesseans protect the environment and improve the management, marketing and use of natural resources.

Contact: David Cook

Middle Tennessee Landscape Management Short Course

This multi-county program is aimed at professionals in the lawn care and landscape business. The two-day short course is scheduled for January 12-13 of 2016, at the Williamson County Ag. Expo Park in Franklin, TN. The course offers certified HLT applicators the opportunity to earn up to 10 re-certification points over a two day period as well as receive education and training related to their field. A team of Extension Agents from eight middle Tennessee counties is responsible for planning, promoting and conducting this annual program.

UT/TSU Extension Davidson County Registration Form

Contact: David Cook

Master Gardener Program

This fourteen week program is designed to train volunteers in all aspects of gardening and horticulture topics such as basic gardening, botany, fruit and vegetables, herbaceous and woody ornamentals, and turf grass management. Participants also learn how to identify and control insects, diseases and weeds. Specialized instruction dealing with soil, lawn and garden equipment, landscaping, herbs, organic gardening and composting are also included in this program. After completing the fourteen week program volunteers return horticulture services by volunteering in the community by working on horticultural related community service projects. The training classes are generally held once per week from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Thursday night. The classes are generally scheduled to start the third week of January. The fee is $125 per person; $200 per couple (couple would share one book).

What it means to be a Master Gardener

Contact: David Cook

Junior Master Gardener Program

This program is presented as a week-long, day-camp for youth, ages 9 to 14. The camp is open to Home-Schooled, Kids Clubs, 4-H Clubs, Boy and Girl Scouts, Church Youth Groups, and any youth interested in learning about gardening in general. Campers learn about soil testing, composting, basic botany, raised bed vegetable gardening, floral arranging, organic gardening, plant propagation, insects and many other topics. Educational sessions are presented as lecture and hands-on learning activities. The $50 fee includes healthy refreshments for morning and afternoon breaks, Gardening Handbook, Tee Shirt, and Hands-on Project materials. Water is provided, but each Camper will bring their lunch. The day-camp is scheduled during the month of June, 9 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday.

Junior Gardener Day Camp Information

Urban Gardening Festival

The Urban Gardening Festival is a free event for the community hosted by the Master Gardeners of Davidson County. The Festival is held the 3rd Saturday in May from 9am to 4pm at the Demonstration Garden of Ellington Agricultural Center, 5201 Marchant Drive, Nashville, TN 37211. Explore over 8,800 square feet of garden space, learn from area experts during how-to workshops, discover neighborhood gardens and markets, shop local growers and suppliers, and buy from local artists! A variety of foods and refreshments are available from local food truck vendors. Plus, be sure to see what’s at the Master Gardener Plant Sale. The Festival will be held rain or shine.

County Inmate Agriculture/Horticulture Training

Nearly 80% of offenders who do not receive structured services, return to jail, resulting in increased costs to tax payers and putting our neighborhoods at risk. At the Davidson County Correctional Development Center, the focus is on a variety of efforts to improve the chances that offenders do not come back to jail. This Extension program is presented two to three times during the year. Each training program consist of eight classes, taught by the County Extension Agent. Reference materials are given to each participant at the beginning of each weekly class. Folders are provided for participants to create their own handbook of reference, study, and reading materials. Participants also have the opportunity to work in the outdoor raised garden beds. Outdoor activities include planting seeds, growing vegetables, growing flowers, and other activities related to agriculture and horticulture. Upon completion of the program, each participant receives a certificate stating that they have completed educational training sponsored by the Davidson County Sheriff's Department and UT Extension.

Contact: David Cook

Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training

Commercial pesticide applicator workshops and in-house commercial training programs are available for professionals involved in landscapes, pesticide application, and lawn and turf management. Programs are designed to increase knowledge in specific areas and award pesticide points. Programs are available that address methods of diagnosing and recognizing plant injury caused by insects, mites, diseases, and environmental stress. Programs also provide updated materials on current issues concerning exotic, invasive insects, diseases, and weeds, and the most up-to-date control methods, both synthetic and organic. Scheduled workshops will be posted on websites and interested participants contacted through email.


Some of the services, programs, and information that we provide to the people of Davidson County where they live and work are:

  • Educational Programs in Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Hands-on Workshops in Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Extension Publications
  • Extensive Library of Crop, Livestock and Homeowner Literature
  • Farm Financial Management
  • Farm Visits and Consultations
  • Homeowner Site Visits and Consultations
  • Master Gardener Program
  • Jr. Master Gardener Program
  • Over 350 Farm and Utility Buildings Plans
  • Plant Disease and Insect Identification and Control Recommendations
  • Pesticide Recommendations
  • Soil Fertility and Forage Testing
  • University Research Proven Variety Recommendations
  • Weed Identification and Control Recommendations 


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