By: Scott Eckert, County Extension Agent, Horticulture
Wow! September seems to roll around quicker every year! It´s time to think about basic master gardener volunteer training! Weather you are an old pro at gardening or totally new this program is for everyone. Are you interested in being a volunteer and learning about trees, turf, flowers, vegetables, landscaping, etc. The Harvey County Master Gardener Volunteer program is accepting applications for the fall 2014 class.
Master Gardener “trainees” are instructed in the areas of soils, plant diseases, insects, water gardening, herbs, indoor plants, landscaping, flowers and turf, trees and shrubs, gardening, vegetables, fruit, and landscaping among others. The teachers of the class are Kansas State University experts, horticulture industry personnel, and county extension agents. Trainees receive approximately 40 hours of instruction from September to December. In exchange, the new trainee returns 40 hours of volunteer time the following year to extension through various activities such as: The Giving Garden, garden tours, home and garden show, county fair landscape display, horticulture hotline, etc.
The fee for the program is $110 which includes the Master Gardener Manual.
If you have an interest in this program or would like to learn more, stop by the extension
office in the basement of the courthouse at 8th and Main in Newton, or call me at 284-6930. Master Gardener class starts on Thursday, September 11 and ends December 2014.
Enrollment ends August 25, 2014.