Master Gardener class starting
Jefferson County Iowa State University Extension is now enrolling for a Master Gardener training beginning in September.
Master Gardener trainees attend classes taught by ISU Extension professionals in topics ranging from lawn care, flower and vegetable gardening, ornamental trees and shrubs, fruit crops and houseplants, to insect, disease and weed control, soil and plant nutrition and pesticide safety.
Locally, approximately 40 hours of instruction will be presented from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and two Thursdays.
Local classes have two formats. Classes using Adobe Connect, in which the class is viewed on the Internet, and a live presenter will be held at the Jefferson County Extension Office.
Participants also will attend one class on the ISU campus either on Oct. 12 or 19.
Additionally, in exchange for training, participants are asked to volunteer 40 hours of service to their local extension program within the next year. Master Gardeners can answer requests for gardening information, staff plant clinics or displays, speak to local groups, teach youth, provide horticulture therapy activities for the elderly, and supervise or judge county fair horticulture activities as judges or project coordinators. Landscaping opportunities at the Maasdam Barns also will be available.
The training has a $150 fee. A $25 late fee applies for those enrolling after Aug. 30. Next year, the fee for the training will be $195.
Enrollment packets will be sent to interested gardeners. To receive a packet, stop by the Jefferson County ISU Extension office on the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, call 472-4166 or email Horticulture Program Assistant Kim Keller at firstname.lastname@example.org.