Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers first began with classes in 1983-84. In 1987 the class of six eager members decided, with the help of Sam Cheatham, to gather for monthly “Update” meetings. Sam brought topics of interest such as various plants and how to reorganize and care of them. He also taught the ladies about numerous diseases and how to best eradicate. The small but dedicated group of ladies known as “The Sweet Peas” birthed a two-page newsletter in 1994 known as The Green Sheet. Today The Green Sheet provides information about plants – both heritage and newly cultivated, plant diseases and treatment, beautiful gardens – all in large part by members of the association.
On December 7, 2004 Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers incorporated as a non-profit organization under the laws of South Carolina. As of June 30, 2012, there as 213 active and inactive members including several honorary members. The organization continues to grow with Clemson conferring certification to graduates of the program.
The mission of the Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers is to provide gardening support to its members and to the community through inspiration, education and leadership.