Poweshiek County Extension Announces Master Gardener Program

ISU Extension Announces Master Gardener Program


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 Cathy Lents, Poweshiek County Executive Director.


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 Lents. Master Gardeners answer telephone requests for gardening information, staff plant clinics or displays, speak to local groups, and plan or assist with other horticulture activities.


To sign up for the next Master Gardener class in this area, contact the Poweshiek County Extension Office at 641-623-5188 or xpoweshiek@iastate.edu. Or, visit their Web site at /poweshiek/. Classes begin September 13 and run through November 1. Please register by August 31.

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