Union County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association (UCEMGVA)

The UC Extension Master Gardeners are your hosts of the Heritage Festival and Wild Turkey 5K Trail Run and Walk!

The Heritage Festival allows us to bring together programs, people and organizations who endeavor to make our county a better place to live and grow. The Festival seeks to educate Union County residents about our natural, cultural, and historical heritage and to provide inspiration to attain and sustain a healthy lifestyle, community and environment.                         

Union County Master Gardeners are volunteers who serve Union County and surrounding areas of North Carolina as part of the NC State Cooperative Extension program. Our mission is to foster a partnership to create a sustainable community through education and implementation. What that really means is ... we are here to help, as well as teach, our community about good gardening practices, composting, integrated pest management, home grown food production, and any other garden related topic. We would love to have you join us as a Certified Master Gardener. The training is thorough and professionally implemented. No prior training or formal education is required. Find out how to become a Master Gardener here. And find out about Master Gardener events and educational sessions here.

Our home base is in the Union County Agricultural Center

at 3230 Presson Road, Monroe, NC.


Come see our Teaching Gardens and Greenhouse or walk the Heritage Trail, part of the Carolina Thread Trail.                                                                                                                                     

Other EMG offerings

  • We host a periodic ‘Ask a Master Gardener’ Open House

  • We offer monthly Successful Gardener classes on various topics such as composting, tree care, propagation, native plants, the edible landscape, and container gardening.

  • We monitor a 24/7 gardening call system called the Growline for Union County. Send us an email at ucmgwebsite@gmail.com or leave a message at 704-283-3822 with your pressing gardening questions.

  • We hold Three Plant Sales every year: a Tree Sale in February, a Spring Plant Sale, and a Fall Bulb and Plant Sale and serve nearly 400 customers annually.

  • To encourage budding future farmers, we annually award 4H scholarships, and a UCEMGVA Scholarship to a senior graduating from a Union County School and going to a NC college to major in botany, crop sciences, environmental studies, horticulture, animal husbandry, forestry or related fields.

  • We host a weekly radio show on WIXE called ‘Let’s Get Growing!’

  • We participate in School Outreach and Speakers Bureau and present over 40 talks per year to Civic Organizations, Schools, and Churches.

  • We support the Union County Farmers Markets with marketing support for local Community Gardens that provide food for the community, schools and churches.

  • We support subscriptions to Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), allowing consumers to buy local seasonal food directly from a farmer.

  • We maintain the UC Master Gardener Website on which we publish useful and informative gardening information. Find out more here.


3230 Presson Rd Monroe, NC, 28112

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