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Training to begin for new Master Gardeners
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University specialists have put together the schedule to train the next wave of Master Gardeners who will serve the landscape and horticulture needs of the state through their volunteer efforts.
The Master Gardener program is a volunteer and outreach program of the MSU Extension Service. Volunteers earn the status of Master Gardener after completing 40 hours of college-level instruction in a variety of horticulture topics, and then performing 40 hours of volunteer service in the first year. Master Gardeners maintain their standing each year by completing 12 hours of educational classes and 20 hours of volunteer work.
Those seeking Master Gardener status in 2009 must earn their credit hours by taking MSU Extension Service classes. These classes take place from 1 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday from Feb. 24 through March 31. Participants also must pass the test given April 2. The classes are offered at various county offices across the state via interactive video teleconferencing.
Topics include soils, plant propagation, lawns, weed science, ornamentals, entomology, fruits and nuts, plant diseases, invasive plants and vegetables.
Those interested in becoming a Master Gardener and attending this training should contact the local county Extension office for information on the availability of classes in the area. For more information on the statewide Master Gardener program, contact Lelia Kelly at (662) 566-2201.