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Cooperative Extension offices across the US and Canada offer Master Gardener Training to anyone who is interested. New training sessions begin each January.

You don’t have to be an expert gardener to take the classes, but you must be willing to learn and willing to share the knowledge you gained with others. The program is a great way to learn more about gardening for yourself as well.

The Master Gardener program began in the early 1970s as a way to meet the public’s interest in home gardening and plant care.

Training covers topics ranging from botany, soils, trees and shrubs, indoor plants, integrated pest management, vegetables, fruits, plant disease and diagnostics, etc.

Master Gardener graduates must volunteer a specific number of hours per year to help the public (however, some offices offer a non-volunteer option).

These days, most of the training happens online. And costs to take the course are affordable.

To find Master Gardener training programs offered by your local Extension Office, go to the Cooperative Extension System’s interactive map. Select the state then the county you live in. Once at the county site, use the search term “master gardener” to locate detailed information.

Happy Gardens . . . ¸.♥´Mom

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