Become a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener

From press release

The University of Illinois Extension-Winnebago County is recruiting individuals who have an interest in gardening, horticulture and natural resources to apply for the Master Gardener Program.

The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program is a comprehensive training program that welcomes individuals with a variety of skill levels and experience. The Master Gardener mission is helping others learn to grow. Upon successful completion of the classroom training, Master Gardener recruits are asked to use their knowledge and experience to educate the others on best gardening and horticultural practices.

Training consists of 11 sessions conducted from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 20-March 31, 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. 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

From the Dec. 15-21, 2010 issue

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