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Master Gardener Training

Tue, Mar 14, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Additional Times

  • Tue, Jan 24, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue, Jan 31, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue, Feb 7, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue, Feb 14, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • More Times
  • Tue, Feb 21, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue, Feb 28, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue, Mar 7, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue, Mar 21, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue, Mar 28, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue, Apr 4, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Those who love to garden and would like to learn more and share their knowledge with others should consider becoming a Master Gardener through University of Illinois Extension. The popular program touches lives with programs and gardening support for all ages and has become the go-to source for horticulture advice and assistance since 1972.

Becoming a master gardener involves both education and a commitment to service. “We are really excited about expanding the program in Henry and Stark Counties and hope we get a solid number of interested adults enrolled so we can make an even bigger impact on horticulture education and projects for the community.” said Martha Smith, U of I Horticulture Educator serving Henry/Stark, Mercer, and Rock Island Counties.

This year's training for Henry, Stark, Mercer and Rock Island County area residents will take place on Tuesdays, January 24 - April 4 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at University of Illinois Extension – Henry/Stark Counties office, 358 Front Street, Galva, IL. Sessions will be hosted by Extension staff and include hands on activities. The classes are taught by University of Illinois Extension educators via live webinar and cover a wide array of horticulture topics including: Botany, Insects, Trees, Shrubs and Vines, Soils, Annuals and Perennials, Lawns, Diseases and Diagnosis, Wildlife, Organic Gardening and Composting, Vegetables, Fruits and Integrated Pest Management.

Master Gardener volunteers work on behalf of and under the supervision of University of Illinois Extension. The volunteer work is conducted in the local Extension unit and throughout the community on various projects involving parks, schools, gardening, or other city agencies. Certified Master Gardeners are those who have completed their training and internship. To remain active, Master Gardeners must complete 30 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of educational training yearly.

The cost for the 11 weeks of training by University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Experts is $225 and includes a comprehensive horticulture textbook. You will receive a $50 refund once your internship is completed for a $175 cost to become initially certified. To begin the application process, visit University of Illinois Extension (Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties web page) at web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs and look for Master Gardener Training, Galva, IL under Program Registrations or call Tracy Jo Mulliken, Master Gardener Coordinator at (309) 756-9978 for more information.
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