Who are We?
The Richland County Master Gardener Association (RCMGA) is a not-for-profit organization composed of volunteers whose goal is to promote and teach environmentally sound, research-based gardening practices to the citizens of Richland County, and to provide education to our members needed to accomplish our purpose. Our members have completed a Master Gardener program conducted by state extension service. We serve our county through such activities as assisting in the county extension office, giving educational programs to the public, and participating in community projects related to gardening.
We offer a RCMGA Scholarship for the Clemson Master Gardener Program.
RCMGA Scholarship Application
Our Latest Project
Historic Pond House Trail Restoration and Enhancement
This project was made possible with a grant from RCCC and support from Clemson Institute for Economic & Community Development & Sandhill Research and Education Center, Richland County Master Gardeners and South Carolina Master Naturalists. More info on this project will be coming. Link info for Richland County Conservation Commission RCCC
Want to be a Master Gardener?
For information about applying for the Master Gardener classes, contact 803.865.1216 ext. 127. To learn more about the program, visit: Clemson Extension Master Gardener Program and Clemson Extension Master Gardeners.
Gardening Tips for Spring
- Add 2-4” organic mulch (shredded bark) – consider using organic fertilizer like cottonseed meal, rotted sawdust, blood meal, compost or manure.
- Prune roses to 3-5 canes except for spring blooming climbers. Add fertilizer to roses after first blooming period and water regularly.
- Time to plant bare root roses.
- Fertilize perennials when new growth appears.
- If you want to keep pansies blooming add fertilizer.
- Prune summer flowering shrubs and trees as needed.
- Prune winter damaged branches or any crossed branches.
- Fertilize camellias after bloom.
- Change oil in lawnmower and sharpen blade.
- Plant caladium bulbs after the ground has warmed up.
- Mulch azaleas and prune after they bloom.
- Watch for scale on camellias.
- Plant summer vegetables when temperature reaches 70 degrees.
- Wait till bulb foliage turns brown before removing it.
- Clean bird baths often to control mosquito larvae.
- Check for aphids and whiteflies on gardenias that can cause sooty mold (a hard spray with a hose will help to remove this).
- Be aware of water runoff. Fertilizers and weed killers will end up in the sewer systems or waterways.
- Use slow release fertilizer and avoid quick release nitrogen.
- Fertilize warm season grasses after they have been green for 2-3 weeks.
- Mow regularly. Never remove more than a third of the height.Do not bag grass clippings. Leave them on the lawn to return nutrients to the soil.