Enrollment open for master gardener

Whether you are an experienced gardener with a “green thumb” or just a beginner gardener with energy and desire to learn more about your hobby, the University of Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program may be for you.

Master Gardener Volunteers are trained volunteers who assist the staff of the University of Wisconsin Extension in helping their communities better understand horticulture and the environment. There are currently about 85 members belonging to the Sheboygan County Master Gardener Volunteer Association.

The General Master Gardener Volunteer class is being offered this fall starting on September 6, 2016. The classes will be held on 12 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Sheboygan County UW-Extension Office, 5 University Drive, Sheboygan. Cost of the program is $89.00, which includes: Master Gardener Program Manual, on-line & classroom instruction, and memberships in both the Wisconsin Master Gardener and Sheboygan County Master Gardener Associations. Registration deadline is September 1st.

The general class is intended to be an introductory course covering a wide range of horticultural topics. Among the topics to be covered include: Vegetable Crops, Introduction to Turf Management, Plant Pathology, Backyard Wildlife, Weeds and Pest Management, Entomology, Fruit Crops, Using Native Plants, Invasive Plants, Woody Landscape Plants, Soils and Fertility, Plant Propagation, Herbaceous Annuals and Perennials, and Fruit Crops.

The classes are delivered using a combination of on-line and classroom presentations. University of Wisconsin horticultural faculty, horticultural educators, and others with expertise in specific horticultural areas will be providing the instruction.

In order to become a certified Master Gardener Volunteer, participants must attend the classes, complete a final exam and volunteer time back to the community in a horticultural related project.

Class registration and/or information about UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteers is available on-line at http://sheboygan. uwex.edu or by contacting the Sheboygan County UW-Extension office at (920) 459-5904.

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