CHARLES CITY, IA – The Master Gardener Program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is beginning soon. Master Gardener trainees attend 40 hours of classes taught by ISU Extension and Outreach staff and specialists on topics ranging from lawn care, flower and vegetable gardening, ornamental trees and shrubs, fruit crops, and houseplants to insect, disease, and weed control, soil and plant nutrition, and pesticide safety.
In exchange for training, participants they asked to volunteer 40 hours of service to their local extension program. Master Gardeners may choose to answer telephone requests for gardening information, staff plant clinics or displays, speak to local groups, teach young people, provide horticulture therapy activities for the elderly, and supervise or judge county fair horticulture activities as judges or project coordinators.
The program will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 pm beginning on Tuesday evenings, September 16th thru November 4th with three Thursday evening meetings for local speakers and topics. The classes will be held at County Extension offices in Charles City, Hampton and Mason City.
The Master Gardener class is comparable to a 3 hour credit college course which would cost $831 for resident undergraduate tuition. With the registration fee at only $195, this is a great bargain for over 40 hours of horticultural instruction from ISU Horticulture Professors and Staff. Check with the Floyd Extension office for scholarships too! Should you wish to only take the course and not provide volunteer hours you can participate by taking the “Pro Hort” option for $550.
To sign up for the Master Gardener class in Floyd County, call, (641) 228-1453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org