WVU Extension Specialist –
Consumer Horticulture and
Program Coordinator, West Virginia Master Gardener Association
John Jett knows how to grow a garden. But more than that, he knows how to grow an education and outreach program that reaches approximately 1,200 volunteers.
As a consumer horticulture specialist for West Virginia University Extension Service, Jett has been serving the state since 1991.
He takes his expertise with gardening, lawns, landscapes, fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants to the people through educational programs, lectures and community courses. He also serves as the program coordinator for the West Virginia Master Gardener Association.
The West Virginia Master Gardener Association, in coordination with WVU Extension Service, educates members on the art and science of growing and caring for plants.
He draws on his educational background but also pulls from the knowledge he has from owning and operating Jettree Landscaping and Horticulture Services. Jettree was a landscape and design business that served the Morgantown area for more than 18 years.
Members undergo 30 hours of training from gardening experts and must complete 30 hours of volunteer service before receiving certification. The result is a group of highly skilled gardeners who volunteer their time and knowledge to help enhance their local communities.
Master Gardeners provide communities with volunteer work that translates into millions of dollars throughout the state. Groups like public schools, churches, business, park commissions, county commissions and other community organizations benefit from the talents donated by local Master Gardeners.
In Ohio County, Master Gardeners continue to enhance and nurture their multiple horticulture projects at Peterson Rehabilitation Hospital. A shade garden, herb garden, mobile urn gardens, water features, elevated vegetable gardens (with ergonomic tools for residents), an iris garden, and a colonial apothecary garden are among the many inspirations that rejuvenate residents and visitors.
Master Gardeners have an impact on communities around the world, too. Jett served as co-chair the 2011 International Master Gardener Conference. The conference took place Oct. 11 – 14, at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va. It was the first time the state has hosted the conference.
The conference focused on “green” gardening and featured talks from educators and leaders in the horticulture industry.
More than 1,000 participants from 43 states, two provinces and three countries traveled to West Virginia to learn from the industry’s experts.
West Virginia was selected to host its first International Master Gardener Conference as a result of a proposal submitted by Jett and his committee of fellow master gardeners in 2006. The conference was a result of nearly five years of careful planning and dedication from numerous master gardeners and volunteers.
To learn more about the 2011 International Master Gardeners Conference, visit www.imgc.ext.wvu.edu.
Jett earned all of his degrees from West Virginia University. He earned his B.S. in agriculture, M.S. in horticulture, and Ph.D. in plant pathology. He also teaches for WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.
To contact John Jett call 304-293-2620.