The Master Gardener Program, initiated to meet the needs of home gardeners for horticultural information, was created in Washington state in 1973, and now has Master Gardener volunteers active in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Northern Kentucky Master Gardener Program, a partnership among the County Cooperative Extension Offices of Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties, was established in 2003 with its first class being held in Boone County in 2004.
The Purpose of The Northern Kentucky Master Gardener Association
The Northern Kentucky Master Gardener Association, a non-profit corporation was incorporated in April 2011. The specific educational, scientific, and charitable purposes for which the Corporation is organized and for which it shall be operated are:
- To promote, strengthen, and support the educational and related activities of the University of Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Training Program;
- To render services that promote and benefit the activities and interests of those individuals who, through the University of Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Training Program, have been certified as Master Gardeners;
- To develop a network of existing and emerging certified Master Gardeners from Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties, and to provide opportunities for dialogue with and among said Master Gardeners;
- To promote coordination and cooperation among the existing Boone, Campbell and Kenton County Cooperative Extension agencies, and their related organizations; and
- To render civic services that promote and benefit the citizens of Northern Kentucky and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Board of Directors
The Northern Kentucky Master Gardener Association is governed by a Board of Directors, the current membership of which is:
President - Terri Loeser
Secretary - Debbie Turner
Vice President - Jim Crawford
Treasurer - Susan Bridges