Montgomery County to Host Master Gardener Classes Starting in January

Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in growing flowers, vegetables, fruits, shrubs, trees and lawns.  “What really sets them apart from other home gardeners is their commitment to learning and sharing what they learn with others,” said Denny Schrock, Iowa Master Gardener Coordinator.
 
Master Gardener trainees attend 40 hours of classes taught by Iowa State University Extension staff and specialists in topics ranging from lawn care; flower and vegetable gardening; ornamental trees and shrubs; fruit crops and houseplants to insect, disease, and weed control; soil; plant nutrition and pesticide safety.
 
In exchange for training, participants are asked to volunteer 40 hours of service to their local extension program.  “The service opportunities are wide-ranging,” said Schrock.  Master Gardeners answer telephone requests for gardening information, staff plant clinics or displays, speak to local groups, and plan or assist with other horticultural activities.
 
ISU Extension and Outreach—Montgomery County will be hosting the Master Gardener classes this winter.  Classes will be held on Thursdays beginning January 16 through March 20, with 3 additional classes to be scheduled, and a Saturday class on campus in Ames.  Registration forms can be picked up at the office at 400 Bridge Street in Red Oak, or are available for download HERE. Please contact Stephanie Langner, Program Coordinator, with any questions.  Registration deadline is January 9th at noon--deadline extended!

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