Congratulations Kirsten Nelson earning Master Gardener certification

Kirsten Nelson

Master Gardener and friends joined Margaret Murphy, ISU Extension Horticulture Educator for breakfast on Wednesday, March 20 – first day of spring – congratulating Kirsten for completing her hours and moving from Master Gardener Intern to a certified Master Gardener! Breakfast was at Shari’s Kitchen, 207 S Story St. in Rock Rapids.

The Iowa Master Gardener program provides selected volunteers training on many aspects of gardening. In exchange for training, Master Gardeners share their time and knowledge in approved projects within their local communities. Training consists of 40 hours of Web-based broadcasts and face-to-face instruction at extension offices and on the Iowa State University campus. After training, participants must complete a one-year Master Gardener internship consisting of 40 hours of approved volunteer service projects. Additional volunteer hours and ongoing educational updates are required in subsequent years to maintain active Master Gardener status.

For more information about becoming a Master Gardener, visit

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