Oct. 19 deadline for Master Gardener Certification Course

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The University of Illinois Extension Office in Winnebago County is accepting applications for the 2008 Master Gardener Certification Course. Individuals with experience or an interest in gardening and horticulture are encouraged to apply.

Certified Master Gardeners are an integral part of the education outreach initiatives of the Extension office. The Master Gardener mission is helping others learn to grow. Upon completion of the education training, Master Gardeners are expected to use their knowledge and experience to educate the community on best gardening and horticultural practices.

University of Illinois Extension Educators provide the training for Master Gardeners. Classes meet on Thursdays beginning Jan. 31 and run through April 17. Classes are conducted during the day for approximately six hours and will be held at The University of Illinois Extension-Boone County Office. Horticulture training topics include vegetable gardening, trees and small fruits, pest management, turfgrass care, flower gardening, plant diseases, soils and more. Applicants who need more flexibility may choose online training instead of classroom training.

The cost to attend classroom training is $185. An application is required. The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 19. For more information or to request an application, please contact Meghan Bowe at the University of Illinois Extension Office¬óWinnebago County at (815) 986-4357 or mbowe@uiuc.edu.

from the Oct. 17-23, 2007, issue

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