U of I Extension Master Gardener training to begin January 2011

From press release

The University of Illinois Extension-Winnebago County is currently accepting applications for the 2011 Master Gardener training program. Individuals with an interest in gardening and horticulture are encouraged to apply.

The  January 2011 University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program is a comprehensive training program for people who have a passion for horticulture. The program welcomes individuals with a variety of skill levels and experience. 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.

Training consists of 11 sessions conducted on Thursdays, Jan. 20 through March 31, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Highland Community College. Successful completion of classroom training is followed by 60 hours of volunteer work to be completed over a two-year period. Upon completion of the 60-hour volunteer commitment, participants earn the Certified Master Gardener designation. Coursework covers botany, soil, woody ornamentals/pruning, vegetables, herbaceous ornamentals, fruits, insects, turf, plant pathology, landscape principles and pesticide safety.

Course registration is $175. An online training option is available. Online training applications are due Dec. 10, and registration is $250. Pre-registration for both classroom and online training is required. Applicants will be required to participate in an orientation interview in advance of the class. For a registration form or more information, call U of I Extension at (815) 986-4357 or visit www.extension.illinois.edu/winnebago.

From the Nov. 17-23, 2010 issue

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