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Master Gardener training offered

Diana Alfuth, Horticulture Educator

Pierce & St. Croix Counties, UW-Extension

Master Gardener Volunteer training will be offered by UW Extension beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the St. Joseph Town Hall in Houlton.

Master Gardeners are members of the local community who are trained by University of Wisconsin Extension faculty and specialists in a broad range of plant science topics. Topics to be covered, among others, include basic botany, soils and composting, plant diseases and insects, woody trees and shrubs, herbaceous plants, lawn care, vegetables, fruits, wildlife, native plants, weeds, organic growing and houseplants.

Participants receive 36 hours of training, and in exchange must provide 24 hours of community volunteer service related to plant science and/or gardening. Types of volunteer service include things such as producing educational displays at fairs and other events, teaching adults and youth about horticulture, working with demonstration and community gardens, hunger prevention efforts, and community beautification projects.

Classes will be held on eight Tuesday evenings and two Saturday mornings on the following dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 22, 29, and Nov. 12, and Saturdays, Oct. 12 and Nov. 2.

Cost for the program is $125 which includes a large binder of University publications, a study manual, all other course materials and monthly newsletters. Class size is limited and is on a first come basis. For more information and an enrollment form, contact the Pierce County UW-Extension office at (715) 273-6781.