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Master Gardener training offered

Posted 12/26/2008

RENO — The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is offering a training program for avid gardeners interested in becoming certified Master Gardeners.

A mandatory orientation meeting for those interested in applying is scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 9 at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension office, 5305 Mill St., Reno.

The classes are held 9 a.m. — noon, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 10 — March 19 at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension office.

Specialists from University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Nevada Department of Agriculture will present a wide variety of topics, including botany, plant identification, pruning, entomology, plant pathology, turf management, fruit trees, vegetables, weeds and plant problem diagnosis. The registration fee is $170, which includes all classes, class materials, a Nevada and California Master Gardener Handbook, Abiotic book, a Master Gardener T-shirt and badge, and refreshments.

After completing the training program, an open-book test, and 50 hours of volunteering for Master Gardener activities, participants become certified Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners are leaders in environmental stewardship, and each Master Gardener commits at least 50 hours each year to community gardening, horticulture and educational activities. Master Gardeners in northern Nevada dedicate thousands of hours of time to community projects each year.

To reserve a seat at the orientation, RSVP to Wendy Hanson Mazet, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, (775) 784-4848. Due to space constraints, interviews will be conducted prior to acceptance into the training program.

SUMMARY

What: Master Gardener Training Orientation Meeting

When: 9 a.m., Jan. 9 orientation (Training is 9 a.m. — noon, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, Feb. 10 — March 19)

Where: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, 5305 Mill St., Reno

Who: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, 784-4848

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