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Master gardener classes to be offered by Ag Extension Office

Applications are being accepted for classes that start Feb. 14

January 07, 2013

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 other activities. 
 
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 being accepted for the Master Gardener Class of 2013. Training will be held on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Feb. 14 to April 18 at the Washington County 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 farmers market, teaching children 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 program and to request an application, call Ipsan at 301-791-1604 or send an email to aipsan@umd.edu.

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