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Master Gardener Training Begins Feb. 6; Orientation in January
Missouri Ag Connection - 01/11/2018

Opportunities to gain and share horticultural knowledge are available through University of Missouri Extension's Master Gardener program in Greene County.

Individuals interested in becoming a Master Gardener in Greene County must attend one of MU Extension's mandatory orientation sessions. The 2018 sessions are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 23 or Jan. 30 in the large meeting room of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center located at 2400 S. Scenic Springfield.

"Attendance of an orientation session is a mandatory first step of becoming a Master Gardener. You will learn important details about our training classes and volunteer commitments. You will also get a chance to visit with existing Master Gardener members," said Kelly McGowan, Horticulture Educator with University of Missouri Extension.

The Master Gardener class sessions a held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., starting Feb. 6 and running through April 5. All of the classes will be held at the Botanical Center, 2400 South Scenic Ave., Springfield.

A total of 11 three-hour sessions taught by trained professionals will cover horticulture principles and practices. Ornamental plants, turf, vegetables, fruit crops and landscape design are some of the subjects covered through this course.

Master Gardeners assist in horticulture education in the community. Thirty volunteer hours from participants are required the first year after training. Following that, 20 volunteer service hours and 6 continuing education hours are required each year to remain an active Master Gardener.

Enrollment for the class is limited and there is a fee of $160 per person (or $275 per couple sharing a training manual) to cover the costs of the program and materials.

To sign up for the program, e-mail your name, email, phone number, and which orientation session you plan to attend to Persons interested in participating in the Master Gardener program may also contact the University of Missouri Extension Center in Springfield at (417) 874-2965 for more information or to register for an orientation session.

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