The Houston County Extension office will be hosting a Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course on Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, beginning January 9th and going through March 27th, 2013. The purpose of this nationwide Extension education program is to train volunteers to be community educators by providing science-based information on growing and caring for plants in their landscapes and gardens.
The training course will provide 50 hours of instruction in plant science and horticulture subjects. Specialists from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University will be the instructors for the course. The topics to be covered include Soils and Plant Nutrition, Plant Physiology, Entomology, Herbaceous Plants, Plant Pathology, Care of Landscape Plants, Landscape Design, Plant Selection, Lawn Care, Weed Identification and Control, and Fruit and Vegetable Gardening. After completing the course, Master Gardener interns will be required to give 50 hours of volunteer service to Extension and their communities through beautification projects, horticultural workshops and demonstrations, helping neighborhood schools and churches, and much more.
The cost of the program is $125. For more information or an application form, please call the Houston County Extension office at (334) 794-4108 or Rachel Dykes at (334) 774-2329. The deadline for application is November 30th.