Master Gardener training class begins soon

Ohio State University Extension and Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County Inc. announced registration is open for the 2014 Master Gardener Basic Training Class.

The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program is open to any interested individual. It costs $250, with scholarships, payment plans and sliding fees available. Classes begin Aug. 25 and continue through Oct. 29 on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

“We are excited about the opportunity to offer our program in an evening format,” said OSU Extension educator Jacqueline Kowalski. “With the course normally offered during the daytime, so many interested individuals could not be accommodated. This new format allows us to reach a broader audience.”

Two full-day field trips are also planned as part of the course curriculum.

Classroom training, lectures and hands-on learning activities are presented by Ohio State University Extension faculty and staff. Topics covered in training include: soils and fertilizers, entomology, integrated pest management, plant pathology, plant propagation, invasive species, houseplants, lawns, herbaceous and woody ornamentals, vegetables, herbs and fruit.

Focus is providing non-biased research-based education and training in order for persons to become confident volunteers. Volunteer opportunities vary and are presented through the training program.

Interested individuals can attend a free informational session on Tuesday, May 13, 7 p.m., at the Fairview Park Branch Library, 21255 Lorain Road. At these sessions there will be the opportunity to meet with Ohio State University Extension staff and Master Gardener Volunteers for an in-depth look at the Master Gardener program. The answers to any questions you might have regarding training, volunteer opportunities, and special events will be handled. The Master Gardener volunteer description provides some of these details.

Attending an information session is recommended, but not mandatory in order to submit an application. Applications for the Master Gardener Basic Training Class are due July 1. In addition to the information sessions, details about the course can be found on the Cuyahoga County Master Gardener website.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:42 AM, 04.29.2014