Master Gardener program now taking applications; classes to be held in Lawrence

The Frontier Extension District is currently taking applications for Master Gardner training this fall. If you aren’t sure if the Master Gardener program is for you, ask yourself these questions.

Do you enjoy working in the garden, flower bed or your lawn? Do you enjoy people, learning new things, and helping out in your community? If you answered yes to these questions, the Master Gardner program may be for you.

In the Master Gardner program you will learn about plant biology, soils, flowers, trees and shrubs. You’ll even learn about lawn care, fruits, vegetables, indoor plants, insects, diseases and pesticides. The educational information you will receive can benefit you and your neighborhood.

This year Master Gardner training will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, from Aug. 22 through Oct. 24. In addition, there will be two Saturday classes, Sept. 16 and Oct. 14. All training will take place at the Douglas County Extension Office, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, Kan.

With the first class only about a month away, consider signing up today to become a knowledgeable gardening enthusiast. To apply and get more information about master gardeners, visit the Frontier District web page www.frontierdistrict.k-state.edu, click on the Lawn and Garden tab, then the Master Gardener tab. If you don’t have internet, stop by one of the Extension district’s offices in Lyndon, Ottawa or Garnett, and pick up a hard copy of the application. The cost of Master Gardener Training is $125, which includes a handbook and 11 meeting sessions. Applications are due back to any of the Frontier Extension offices by Aug. 8, along with payment of the fee.

Giving back may be the best part of the Master Gardener program. Master Gardener volunteers are asked to give back 40 hours of service and education after completing the training. Some of these Master Gardener projects include assisting with the garden show, helping with county landscaping plantings, teaching youth about gardening, or manning an Extension horticulture hotline.

For more information, contact Rod Schaub, Extension agent, at Lyndon office, 128 W. 15th St., Lyndon, or call 785-828-4438.


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