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.
Our Latest Project
Historic Pond House Trail Restoration and Enchancement
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 Gardeners.
- Scout the garden often. When plants are stressed by insects, heat or drought, they are most vulnerable.
- WATER! Make sure plants receive an inch a week and make sure the beds have 2-4″ of organic mulch.
- Mow grass only when it is dry. During drought raise mower blade 1/2 inch higher.
- Mow regularly. Never remove more than a third of the height.
- Do not bag lawn clippings. Leave them on the lawn to return nutrients to the soil.
- Pick off Japanese beetles. Discard them in a bucket of soapy water.
- Mulch vegetables gardens to keep moisture even and prevent weeds.
- Clean bird baths often to control mosquito larvae.
- Apply fertilizer as recommended by a soil test.
- Regular harvesting of vegetables keeps them producing.
- A consistent supply of water prevents blossom-end rot on tomatoes. If rot occurs on bottom of fruit, spray plants with a calcium solution, mulch and water consistently.
- Cut back herbs to keep them compact and prevent them from bolting.