Burlington--Interested gardeners have until Jan. 16 to register for the 2018 University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener course.

The 14-week non-credit online course provides a wealth of information on home horticulture topics taught by green industry and university experts. Live Q&A sessions are scheduled for consecutive Wednesday evenings from Jan. 17-April 10. The course also includes one in-person educational class next summer.

Go to www.uvm.edu/mastergardener for registration and scholarship information. The fee is $425 if pursuing Extension Master Gardener certification, which includes both the course and 40 volunteer hours. Or participants may choose the course-only option and pay $475 to earn a Certificate of Home Horticulture.

The fee covers 14 online modules, course lectures, the weekly Q&A sessions and a comprehensive online training manual and other course materials. All Q&A sessions will be recorded and archived.

Topics include vegetable gardening, annuals and perennials, fruits and berries, landscaping, composting and rain gardens. Other sessions will focus on pest and weed control, native and invasive plant species, healthy lawns, soil science and botany.

For more information, contact the UVM Extension Master Gardener Program Office at (802) 656-9562 or master.gardener@uvm.edu. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call by Dec. 18.


Beret Kristin Halverson