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.
Applications are now being accepted for the Master Gardener Class of 2011. Training will be Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Feb. 10 to April 14 at the Agricultural Education Center in Boonsboro.
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, offering horticulture therapy to teens and adults, and giving talks to local garden clubs. More than a dozen projects reach every corner of the county.
"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 Ipsan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-791-1604.