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Master gardener class offered

November 28, 2007

If you have a "green thumb" and love to learn and share what you know, you could be a Master Gardener.

Master Gardeners are volunteer educators. They teach people safe, effective gardening techniques through plant clinics, talks, demonstration gardens and more.

Trained by University of Maryland experts, Master Gardeners grow their gardening know-how through 40 hours of classroom training. They learn about everything from botany to bugs, pruning to propagation, and weeds to wildlife.

Master Gardeners turn their gift for gardening into gifts to the community. You'll find them answering questions at the farmers market, teaching kids about vegetables at local schools, planting heirloom plants at the Rural Heritage Museum, and giving talks to garden clubs.

"It's our mission to help build healthier gardens and communities," said Master Gardener coordinator Annette Ipsan. "By teaching environmentally responsible techniques, we give gardeners effective tools to solve problems and build a greener world."

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Class size is limited. The class runs from February to April. To learn more about the Master Gardener program and to request an application, e-mail Ipsan at aipsan@umd.edu, or call 301-791-1604.

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