Master Gardener class begins March 8 in Stockton
Sign up is now under way for the 2012 Master Gardener classes scheduled for Cedar and Barton Counties.
The Master Gardener Program is an intensive horticulture course offered statewide by University of Missouri Extension. The 30 hours of classroom training provided by area horticulture specialists set Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners and programs.
The 2011 classes will begin on March 8 and meet every Thursday night through May 17. Classes in Stockton will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Lamar class will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Program topics include, plant growth, soils, composting, vegetable gardening, irrigation, composting, turf grass, flower gardening, home fruit production, hobby greenhouses, tool care, plant insects and diseases.
Participants who complete this training are Master Gardener interns until they complete 30 additional hours of volunteer service in horticulture education to become a certified Master Gardener. Most interns fulfill their volunteer service by working as part of a county Master Gardeners organization; serving as an advisor for community gardens; or helping to maintain the demonstration gardens.
Master Gardener tuition costs $135 per person or $225 per couple (one set of materials). Registration is due by Feb. 29. Call the Cedar County Extension Center at 417-276-3313 for more information on the Stockton Class. For information on the Lamar class contact the Barton County Extension Center at 417-682-3579.
Go to http://extension.missouri.edu/mg to find out more information about the University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener program.