For the love of plants, Master Gardeners start next classes in February
If you want to learn more about growing flowers, vegetables, fruits, trees, shrubs, lawns and landscaping, join Master Gardeners of Greene County for the next Master Gardner training program.
Master Gardeners are people who love plants and love seeing things grow and bloom, but for three decades, this organization has been providing gardening education to the public and maintaining our public gardens.
The title of Master Gardener is achieved after completing a core training program which covers plant propagation, soils, plant nutrition, vegetable gardening, a growing fruits, woody ornamentals, herbaceous ornamentals, managing lawns and turf, landscaping, insects, pesticide use, plant diseases, and pruning ornamental trees and shrubs.
The goal of the Master Gardeners program is first to train volunteers to provide the public with research-based information about safe, effective horticultural practices that will build sustainable, healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities.
Master Gardener trainees complete 30 hours of volunteer work during their first year. This may involve helping out in the demonstration gardens, the Xeriscape Garden, master gardener hotline, or in other educational projects sponsored by Master Gardeners.
Members staff educational booths at fairs and festivals, offer talks and workshops through the speaker’s bureau, and write a column for the News Leader titled, “Ask a Master Gardener.”
Programs for children include the Young Sprouts program each spring. Volunteers work at the at Hickory Hills School rooftop garden. After completing the first year traineeship, Master Gardeners complete six hours of continuing education and volunteer for at least 20 hours each year, though many members contribute hundreds of hours.
The next training program will run from Feb. 23 through until April 7, 2016, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Master Gardener please contact Kelly McGowan at firstname.lastname@example.org.