University of Vermont

Registration Underway for Master Gardener Course

Burlington--The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener Program is accepting registrations until Jan. 16 for its 16-week home horticulture course.

The online non-credit course will run from Jan. 18 through May 10 with live Q & A sessions on consecutive Thursday nights from 6-7 p.m. All sessions will be recorded. While prior gardening knowledge is not mandatory, basic computer skills are and participants should expect to spend a minimum of four to six hours a week on course work, assignments and quizzes.

Course details and a link to registration can be found at www.uvm.edu/mastergardener. The fee is $475 for anyone solely interested in taking the course to learn more about gardening. Anyone who wants to earn certification to become a UVM Extension Master Gardener Volunteer will pay $425. The latter involves completing the course and then 40 volunteer hours over a two-year period. To maintain certification, 20 volunteer hours are needed annually in subsequent years.

The schedule, materials and instruction are the same for either option. Throughout the course, UVM faculty and green industry experts will present information on a broad range of horticultural topics including vegetable and small fruits production, perennials and annuals, botany basics, soil fertility, prevention and control of pests and diseases, lawn and turf care, rain gardens and basic landscape design, among others.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call Beret Halverson at (802) 656-1777 by Dec. 21. To learn more about the course or Extension Master Gardener certification, contact the Extension Master Gardener Program Office at (802) 656-9562 or master.gardener@uvm.edu.