Burlington--Love to garden? Cultivate that interest by enrolling in the 2018 University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener Course.

You'll have an opportunity to learn from green industry and university experts about home horticulture in this 14-week non-credit online course. Live Q&A sessions are planned for 13 consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning Jan. 17. Participants also will be invited to attend an in-person Master Gardener class next summer.

You may choose to become a certified Extension Master Gardener, which involves completion of the course and 40 volunteer hours, or take the course only to earn a Certificate of Home Horticulture. Registration and scholarship information may be found at www.uvm.edu/mastergardener.

The deadline to register is Jan. 16. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact the UVM Extension Master Gardener Office at (802) 656-9562 by Dec. 18.

If pursuing Master Gardener certification, the cost is $425. For the course only you will pay $475. The fee covers 14 online modules, course lectures, weekly Q&A sessions with instructors and all course materials including a comprehensive online training manual. All lectures will be recorded and archived so you may watch at your convenience.

The course is designed to help you become a more informed gardener. Sessions will focus on a wide range of topics including vegetable and flower gardening, sustainable landscaping, composting, botany basics, plant pathology, entomology and fruit trees and berries. You also will learn about healthy lawn care, native and invasive plants, rain gardens and weed biology and management, among other topics.

For more information, contact the UVM Extension Master Gardener Program Office at (802) 656-9562 or master.gardener@uvm.edu.


Beret Kristin Halverson