MSU Extension to host Master Gardener Program

LEELANAU COUNTIES — Registration is now open for the 2018 Master Gardener Program.

This program is a horticulture education and volunteer service program offered by Michigan State University Extension for adults who have a strong interest in gardening and enjoy sharing their knowledge through volunteerism.

This 14-session program will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday from March 8 through June 14 at the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center, located at 6686 South Center Highway/County Road 633 in Leelanau County.

All classes are taught by MSU Extension educators. There is a cost to attend, which covers the cost of a 1,000-page training manual. Some scholarships are available.

Register online at events.anr.msu.edu/mgvptcsp18. The registration deadline is Feb. 22.

With approximately 45 hours of training classes, participants will learn everything they need to manage a landscape; soil science, integrated pest management, diagnostics, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, lawns, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits and gardening for water conservation.

After completing the program, Master Gardener trainees will have one year to complete 40 hours of horticulture-related volunteer service to earn their Master Gardener certification.

Through these volunteer activities, trainees educate others in their local community on the gardening practices learned during their training.

Examples of projects and service may include working with kids on a school garden, staffing plant clinics, caring for educational display gardens at senior centers, parks and other public sites, teaching others how to garden and beautifying community spaces.

For more information, contact Nate Walton, consumer horticulture program instructor, at (231) 256-9888 or waltonn2@anr.msu.edu.

 

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