Janet Carson

Janet Carson

Since December 1992, Janet has been the Extension Horticulture Specialist in the State office of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Janet serves as the Coordinator of the Arkansas Master Gardener Program. There are over 3300 MG volunteers in Arkansas. In addition to the Master Gardener program, she is also the consumer horticulture specialist, responsible for providing information to the 75 counties for all areas of horticulture related to home gardening, with an emphasis on ornamentals. Media work includes weekly gardening columns in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and monthly columns in Arkansas Gardener and Arkansas Living magazine. She has been featured in Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening magazine. A weekly television spot airs on KATV TV Saturday morning taped at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. She was the 2003 Recipient of the John White Award for Excellence in Extension Education and the 2010 Recipient of the Outstanding Extension Educator from the American Society for Horticulture Science. Her first book In the Garden was released in June 2010.

Prior to her role as Extension Horticulture Specialist, Janet served as County Extension Agent – Agriculture for the Pulaski County office of the Cooperative Extension Service where she started the Master Gardener volunteer program in 1988.