The Alaska Master Gardeners Anchorage, (AMGA) was organized to enhance and supplement the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program.
Our mission is to promote availability of gardening information to Alaska citizens as a result of University study and experimentation.
The members of the AMGA perform special tasks and activities related to the Master Gardener program. Members actively foster, promote and disseminate gardening information in Alaska.
Volunteerism is the basis of the Master Gardener program and members are dedicated volunteers. Members regularly assist the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) by staffing information tables and Garden Clinics at local events throughout the year.
Members are also active in organizing and leading gardening activities in local elementary schools. Many adult gardening classes and seminars are taught by members at conferences around Alaska, and many community organizations rely upon members of the AMGA for speakers and presentations.
For several years, members have been participating in projects by planting and maintaining flower beds at the Alaska Pioneers Home in Anchorage. AMGA members also volunteer in many diverse areas, such as the Alaska Botanical Garden, the Refuge Garden, and the Alaska State Fair. Writing newsletter articles, assisting with conferences, fundraising, board service and organizing garden tours are also part of what we do.
In pursuit of its objectives, the Anchorage Master Gardeners regularly presents educational programs and field trips. The programs are open to the public - visitors and guests are always welcome.
Educational programs are presented at 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of every month, September through May (except December).
Programs are held at:
Anchorage Cooperative Extension Office
1840 Bragaw St.
Anchorage, AK 99508
Summer field trips are organized in June, July, and August. The field trips usually begin at 7:00 p.m., and additional trips are often scheduled throughout the summer.
Membership in the AMGA is open to any person or organization interested in the objectives of the Association. Voting membership is available to certified Master Gardeners. Nonvoting membership is available to organizations, businesses and those without Master Gardener Certification.
For information about membership or upcoming programs, contact:
Alaska Master Gardeners Anchorage
P.O. Box 221403
Anchorage, AK 99522-1403
Contact: Harry Deuber, President 907-440-6372
The first Alaska Master Gardener training was conducted in 1978 in Anchorage. There were 13 students trained as Master Gardeners that year.
The Alaska Master Gardeners Anchorage celebrated 25 years of existence in December, 2012.
There are currently over 300 members.