University of Vermont

Grow Your Gardening Knowledge Through Master Gardener Course

Master Gardener logo and photo of tomatoes

Burlington--This winter get the real dirt on home horticulture by enrolling in the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener course.

This 13-week non-credit course will run from Feb. 7 through May 16. It will be offered online through Zoom, giving students the option to participate in the interactive webinars each Tuesday night from 6:15 to 9 p.m. or watch the archived recordings at their convenience. UVM Extension Master Gardener volunteers will host optional group-viewing sessions on class nights at various locations around the state.

The weekly lectures by UVM and Vermont horticultural industry experts will cover a wide range of topics including backyard vegetable gardening, annuals and perennials, fruits and berries, composting, sustainable landscaping, pest and disease control, healthy lawn and weed management, entomology and tree and shrub care, among others. A comprehensive online training manual is included in the registration fee.

Registrations will be accepted through Jan. 23 with a $15 discount off the $440 fee if received by Jan. 2. To register online go to www.uvm.edu/mastergardener. A downloadable registration form is available on the website for those who prefer to pay by check.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Lisa Chouinard at (802) 656-9562 by Jan. 6. Or call this number with any questions about the course.

Participants have the option of enrolling in the home horticulture course only or pursuing certification as an Extension Master Gardener by completing a 40-hour internship once they finish the course. These volunteers are recognized gardening experts who provide locally relevant, research-based gardening information to the public. Interns have until Dec. 31, 2018 to complete their 40 hours.