U of I Extension seeks applicants for 2015 master gardener training program

By U of I Extension

University of Illinois Extension is seeking individuals who enjoy horticulture and gardening, and who consider themselves lifelong learners, to participate in the 2015 Master Gardener training program.

Master Gardener trainees will experience a 60-hour comprehensive horticulture training course taught by U of I Extension educators and specialists. Applicants can choose from weekly classroom sessions or an online training course. Core subjects include botany, soils and organics, insects, landscape, fruits and vegetables, turf, trees and shrubs, annuals and perennials as well as pest and disease management.

The Master Gardener training program consists of 11 classroom sessions conducted on Tuesdays beginning Feb. 17 through May 5. Classes meet at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden (2715 S. Main St., Rockford) from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The registration fee for classroom training is $175 per person, and deadline to apply is Jan. 30, 2015. Online training is $250 per person, and deadline to apply is Dec. 1, 2014. Registration fees include your Master Gardener manual. Pre-registration for both classroom and online training is required. For more information or to complete the Master Gardener application, visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw or call (815) 986-4357 to receive an emailed or mailed copy.

Posted Nov. 19, 2014

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