Master Gardener training starts next month

Lifestyle
December 27, 2018

The Illinois Master Gardener training begins Jan. 22 and runs through April 2, 2019.

Master Gardeners program offers the opportunity to learn and share information about gardening for those who are willing to devote a small amount of time to volunteering and on-going training. The objectives of the program is to expand the capacity of the University of Illinois Extension to distribute horticulture information to individuals and groups in local communities; to develop and enhance community programs related to horticulture which are educational in nature and may involve environmental improvements, horticultural therapy projects, community and school gardening projects or other programs determined by local need and to develop the leadership potential of Master Gardener volunteers through a volunteer administrative network designed to assist Extension staff in managing local Master Gardener activities and programs.
The upcoming Master Gardener training classes will be split between the Extension offices in Mt. Vernon and Breese and offer a wide assortment of topics. By the end of the program, participants will have a broad knowledge of many horticulture topics that can be applied in many ways through the University of Illinois Extension.

Classes are: Jan. 22, Orientation and Botany held in Mt. Vernon; Jan. 29, Insects, held in Mt. Vernon; Feb. 5, Vegetables, held in Mt. Vernon; Feb. 12, Soils, held in Mt. Vernon; Feb. 19, Organic Gardening and Urban Wildlife, held in Breese; Feb. 26, Lawns, held in Breese; March 5, Diseases and Diagnosis, held in Breese; March 12, Trees, Shrubs and Vines, held in Breese; March 19, Annuals and Perennials, held in Mt. Vernon; March 26, Fruits, held in Breese; and April 2, Integrated Pest Management, with the location to be announced.

Applications for the Master Gardener training must be completed by Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, to insure that books and supporting materials arrive in time for the first class. Anyone can become a Master Gardener. To become a Master Gardener, volunteers must commit to taking the Master Gardener training program, volunteer 60 hours within two years of graduating from the Master Gardener course, volunteer 30 hours and take 10 continuing education hours each year following to remain certified and complete the annual agreement form and required background check paperwork at the time of joining and every five years following.
Visit web.extension.illinois.edu/bcjmw/ for additional information or call Chris at 548-1446.