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Gardeners Sought for Master Gardener Course

Burlington--Whether you are a novice gardener or someone with years of growing experience, the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener Program can help you expand your gardening knowledge through its comprehensive 13-week home horticulture course.

You will learn from UVM Extension faculty and staff and other horticulture industry experts about vegetable and flower gardening, pest and disease management, sustainable landscape practices, food production, rain gardens, soil fertility, turf and weeds, botany basics and pest and disease control, among a host of other topics. You also will be able to network with other gardeners and share your gardening experiences.

Classes are every Tuesday evening from Feb. 5 through April 30 from 6:15 to 9 p.m. The first class starts at 5:45 p.m. for a quick student orientation.

You can take the course at your nearest Vermont Interactive Technologies site. Locations include Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston.

The all-inclusive fee is $395, which covers all classes and materials including the required course textbook. Enroll by Jan. 18 to avoid the $25 late fee.

To register, log onto www.uvm.edu/mastergardener for a downloadable registration form. The web site also includes additional information about the course.

Or contact the UVM Extension Master Gardener Program Office at (802) 656-9562 or master.gardener@uvm.edu. If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call this number by Jan. 4.

At the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to become a certified Extension Master Gardener by completing 40 volunteer hours over the next two years. This could involve developing and staffing exhibits at fairs or farmers' markets, speaking to local groups, writing gardening columns or participating in UVM Extension Master Gardener service projects in your community.

As an intern or certified Extension Master Gardener you will receive invitations to participate in advanced gardening workshops, private garden tours and other special events to stay up-to-date with horticultural research, including UVM projects, and gardening information tailored to Vermont.

Space is limited at each location, so register today.

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