2005 Master Gardener training scheduled

2005 Master Gardener training scheduled The Minnehaha County Extension Office will be hosting Master Gardener Training in 2005.

The Master Gardener Program is open to anyone who has an interest in gardening. Most people participate in the program because they want to learn more about gardening and find it to be an enjoyable way to contribute to their community.

The Master Gardener Program offers 60 hours of education on lawn care, selection and care of ornamental trees and shrubs, insect, disease and weed control, safe use of pesticides, soils and plant nutrition, vegetable, fruit and flower gardening, plant propagation and herbaceous plants. Trainees participate in classroom instruction and outdoor learning experiences.

In exchange for the training, participants are required to return 50 hours of volunteer time to their County Extension Program over the next two years. The type of service done by Master Gardeners varies, but must have an educational component to qualify.

Some answer telephone requests for information related to gardening. Others host plant clinics or build displays, speak to local groups, assist with the 4-H program and work on city beautification projects. Master Gardeners also help establish and maintain community garden plots, write local gardening news articles or help with the horticulture exhibits at County Achievement Days and the State Fair.

The cost of the regular training which includes over 60 hours of training and a large four-inch ring binder Master Gardener resource manual is as follows: Single individual � $150; two individuals sharing a manual � $200.

If a person desires, they may sign up for training with the buyout option at a cost of $450 which provides the same training materials and resources but removes the 50-hour payback requirement.

If you are interested in participating in the Master Gardener Training Program, contact the Minnehaha County Extension Office at 605-367-7877 for application information and/or you can visit the State Master Gardener Web site at http://hflp.sdstate.edu/mg/mgarden.htm.

Applications and deposits are due to the Minnehaha County Extension Office, 220 West Sixth Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 by April 15.

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