Experienced as well as novice gardeners are invited to sign up for the 2015 University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener course. The deadline to register is Jan. 23.
The home horticulture course will be offered from Feb. 3 through April 28 on consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 9 p.m. Classes will be held at Vermont Interactive Technology sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston.
Participants will learn from UVM faculty and industry experts about a broad range of horticultural topics. These will include small fruits and vegetable production, perennials and annuals, botany basics, soil fertility, pest and disease control strategies, lawn and turf management and basic landscape design, among others.
The fee is $395, which includes the online textbook. A printed copy of all course materials may be purchased for an additional $55.
Because this course generally fills quickly, early registration is advised. Registrations will be accepted by credit card online at www.uvm.edu/mastergardener or by phone through the UVM Extension Master Gardener Program office at (802) 656-9562. A downloadable registration form also is available on the web site if paying by check.
A limited number of scholarships are offered in some locations. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1. For more information on scholarship availability, visit www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/?Page=Scholarships.htm.
To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call the Master Gardener Program office by Jan. 2.
Graduates interested in becoming a certified Extension Master Gardener may complete a 40-hour internship through participation in existing Master Gardener community service projects that put their classroom knowledge to work.
Both interns and certified master gardeners are eligible for advanced gardening workshops and private garden tours to keep current with horticultural information and research. They also will have the opportunity to network with advanced gardeners, UVM faculty and industry professionals and learn and practice techniques such as landscape and garden design.