Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer Iowa Master Gardener training this fall. Classes will held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Sept. 11 through Nov. 20. All those with an interest in gardening who would like to volunteer in their community are welcome to join.
The program provides 40 hours of training on a wide range of horticulture and related areas: houseplants, herbaceous ornamentals, turfgrass, vegetables, woody landscape plants, plant propagation, fruits, soils, wildlife management, pesticide safety, integrated pest management, plant pathology, entomology and garden design.
The requirements to become a Master Gardener include a $150 fee to cover the cost of educational materials, and a commitment to share 40 hours of volunteer service on approved extension projects within the local community in exchange for this training. Additional volunteer hours and ongoing training are required in subsequent years to maintain the Master Gardener status.
In ISU Extension Region 7 area, including Hamilton, Humboldt, Webster or Wright counties, those interested should contact Yvonne McCormick, ISU Extension Horticulturist at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their local county extension office for more information about this training. See www.iastate.extension.edu for phone numbers and email addresses of the local Iowa State University Extension office. Registration deadline is Aug. 30 to avoid a $25 late fee.
Since 1979, the Iowa Master Gardener program has trained more than 10,000 people. Master Gardeners are highly visible volunteers in their counties. Master Gardeners may work at local gardens, schools, nursing homes, with 4-H youths or other community beautification or educational projects. Master Gardeners answer questions on the radio, give presentations at gardening seminars, and discuss plants at local plant sales. The Master Gardener program is unique both for its community emphasis and because it directly utilizes broad research-based resources and information from Iowa State University.