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Master gardening class to get under way Feb. 12

January 15, 2008

Is your green thumb itching to try something new? Do you love to learn and share what you know? Then 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.

The 2008 class will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon from Feb. 12 to April 8.

Then the giving starts. Master Gardeners turn their gift for gardening into gifts to the community. You'll find them answering questions at the farmer's market, teaching kids about vegetables at local schools, planting heirloom plants at the Rural Heritage Museum and giving talks to garden clubs. Over a dozen projects reach every corner of the county.

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"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."

Class size is limited. To learn more about the Master Gardener program and to request an application, contact Annette at aipsan@umd.edu or 301-791-1604.

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