Become a KY Master Gardener

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By Dennis Morgeson

The Kentucky Master Gardener Program is set to begin at the Washington County Extension Office on Monday Sept. 8, 2014 at 1 until 4 p.m.

We will meet on the following Mondays from 1 until 4 p.m.: Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6, 20; Nov. 10, 17, 24 and Dec. 1. We will also have an all-day trip to Lexington to be scheduled once class begins. The Kentucky Master Gardener Program is a 14-week program taught by Horticulture Extension Agents and University of Kentucky Specialists.  

Participants will learn in depth about an array of topics including botany, entomology, turf care, fruit and vegetable production, disease management and an array of other topics some of which the students get to pick. This program is for those that have a desire to learn and a deep interest in horticulture and community. The cost for this program is $50, which covers the cost of the book (which you get to keep). If you have a spouse, partner, or even good friend and each of you would like to become a Kentucky Master Gardener you can share the book and pay only $50.  

Upon completion of the classes each participant is required to complete 30 hours of volunteer work within one calendar year in their community, volunteering at the extension office is encouraged.  When you complete your volunteer work, you will get a pin stating your name and the Kentucky Master Gardener logo. The Master Gardener Program gives individuals the opportunity to learn about horticulture, meet people who have like interests and gives them  a chance to help those in need.

If you would like more information about becoming a Kentucky Master Gardener, call Dennis Morgeson Washington County Agent for Horticulture at 859-336-7741,  Don’t worry if you aren’t a resident of Washington County,; everyone is welcomed and encouraged to complete our program if your county doesn’t offer it.  I need at least 10 participants for a class, so if you are interested, contact me as soon as possible.  The last date to register is August 25.  

Happy gardening!