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  Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association

Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Assocation

The Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association (TPMGA) is a non-profit diverse group of men and women who volunteer their time, talents, and expertise in a variety of community related activities. Association members are apprenticed, certified, or advanced Louisiana Master Gardeners.

TPMGA 2020 Officers

President, "Patty" Patricia Pitzer
Vice President, Sunday Hanson
Treasurer, Annie Coco
Secretary, Katie Roy

Board Members
1 year Jerry Joseph, past president, 2019
1 year Sunday Hanson
1 year Sandra M. Madere
1 year John Grimm
1 year Tootie Calmes

Who are Louisiana Master Gardeners?

Any Tangipahoa or St Helena Parish adult with a willingness to learn and a desire to help others with horticulture needs through community volunteering can become a Louisiana Master Gardener. Master Gardeners should be interested in horticulture, be willing to volunteer, be outgoing, flexible, dependable, unbiased, and open-minded. Previous volunteer work and good verbal skills are desirable.

The Louisiana Master Gardener program is a service and educational activity offered by the LSU AgCenter. The program is designed to recruit and train volunteers to help meet the educational needs of home gardeners while providing an enjoyable and worthwhile service experience for volunteers. Both experienced and novice gardeners seeking up-to-date horticultural information can advance their gardening expertise and gain self-satisfaction through volunteer efforts.

 The Master Gardener Program is divided into two parts: instruction and service. In the first part, participants receive 40-50 hours of intensive, practical horticultural training. Subject matter includes horticulture, plant science, pest control, organic gardening, fruit and nuts, lawn and turf grasses to name a few.

 After successfully completing the classroom portion, which involves regular attendance and passing the final exam, participants will then be required to complete a minimum 40 hours of service by the end of the next calendar year to complete the last part of the program and receive their official title of Louisiana Master Gardener. In subsequent years, Master Gardeners are required to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours and attend 6 hours of AgCenter-approved continuing education programming to maintain the title of certified Louisiana Master Gardener.

The volunteer aspect of the Louisiana Master Gardener program allows individuals to dedicate their time and talents to enhancing the quality of life for citizens of their community by using the science and art of horticulture. It allows individuals to put into practice what they know and learn.

 The Louisiana Master Gardener program provides invaluable training and educational opportunities to all persons regardless of socio-economic level, race, color, gender, religion or national origin.

Master Gardener programs are all-volunteer programs sanctioned by land-grant institutions in each state and function as an extension of the college or university. In Louisiana, the program is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and is directed by the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners are part of the volunteer staff of the LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. They provide unbiased, research-based educational assistance and programs on consumer horticulture issues to the gardening public

Click to learn how to become a Master Gardener or Ask Questions about the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Program


Volunteers assist Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service personnel extending the educational arm of the university to the public by providing horticultural information based on university research and recommendations. Tangipahoa Master Gardeners Association volunteer activities including:


Login with your identify and password at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/LMGServiceLog/

For complete information on how and why to report your volunteer hours, please refer to this webpage http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/lawn_garden/master_gardener/

Your reporting of volunteer hours is greatly appreciated and very important to the LSU AgCenter’s ability to provide creditable and effective information to stakeholders. Reporting volunteer hours is one of the things we can do that will have an effect on the LSU AgCenter and specifically the Master Gardener Program. Also, by reporting your hours on line through the LSU AgCenter webpage, you can validate completion of the required hours for continuing your annual certification. Please report hours regularly to avoid getting behind in reporting. (for those not having access or ability to use the online form, please contact Melissa Ordoyne at the Amite office who can assist you with entering your volunteer hours on a paper reporting form.


Tangipahoa Lousiana Master Gardener

An educational program of the LSU AgCenter