Master Gardener training will be offered in Vermillion

South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will offer Master Gardener training in Vermillion.

The Master Gardener Program is designed for people interested in gardening, and most participants take part to both hone their gardening skills and find ways to contribute to their communities.

The program costs $160 for an individual or $210 for two individuals sharing the South Dakota Master Gardener resource manual. Participants attend nine class sessions encompassing more than 60 hours of study. Graduates must complete 50 hours of volunteer service to their county Extension program in order to earn the title Master Gardener. Participants can pay $500 for the course without the volunteer requirement.

Vermillion training dates will be April 29; May 6, 13, 20, and 27; June 3, 10, 17, and 24. The training sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register for the Master Gardener training program, call the Yankton County Extension office at (605) 665-3387.

The South Dakota Master Gardener program covers lawn care, selection and care of ornamental trees and shrubs, insect, disease, and weed control. The course also addresses the safe use of pesticides, soils and plant nutrition, vegetable, fruit, and flower gardening, plant propagation, and herbaceous plants.

Training includes classroom instruction as well as outdoor learning. Trainees are encouraged to bring plant, insect, and disease samples to share with the class. Participants are encouraged to relate their own gardening experiences with the group so everyone learns from individual experiences.

Participants complete 10 hours of volunteer work each year after graduating the basic course. Volunteer service ranges from answering telephone requests for information, hosting plant clinics, or speaking to groups. Other Master Gardeners assist with demonstration gardens, farmers markets, youth gardens, 4-H activities, or write articles for local newspapers.

Additional application information is available at the Master Gardener Web site at this link: http://hortmg.sdstate.edu.

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