Master gardener classes to begin in September

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By Dennis Morgeson

The new Master Gardener classes will begin on Sept. 3 in Nelson County. Half of the classes will be in Bardstown and half will be in Springfield.   Class will meet every Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.  Classes will alternate with one week in Nelson County and one week in Washington County.

Kentucky Master Gardener Program is a 24-hour 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 $80 which covers the cost of the book (which you get to keep) and supplies.  If you are married and each of you would like to become a Kentucky Master Gardener, you can share the book and pay only $80.  Upon completion of the program 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 and your work must be horticultural related.  When you complete your volunteer work, you will get a pin stating your name with 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.