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Master Gardener training starts in February

By Staff | Jan 13, 2014

The 2014 Master Gardener training class starts on Feb. 6 and there are still a few spaces available.

For those who like to garden, teach others and learn, now is the time to become a Master Gardener.

Volunteers with the University of Maryland Extension, Master Gardeners teach people safe, effective gardening techniques through plant clinics, classes, events, demonstration gardens and more.

The 40-hour training is a mini horticulture course taught by University of Maryland experts. Participants learn about everything from botany to bugs, pruning to propagation and weeds to wildlife.

Classes will be held on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Feb. 6 to April 17 at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center in Boonsboro.

Then the giving starts. Master Gardeners turn their gift for gardening into gifts to the community. They can be found answering questions at a farmer’s market, planting heirloom plants at the Rural Heritage Museum, teaching gardening classes, and using horticulture therapy to help special needs teens. Over a dozen projects reach every corner of the county.

“It’s our mission to help build healthier gardens and communities,” said Master Gardener coordinator Annette Ipsan. “By teaching environmentally responsible techniques, we give gardeners effective tools to solve problems and build a greener world.”

To learn more about the Master Gardener program and to request an application, contact Annette Ipsan at aipsan@umd.edu or 301-791-1604.