Anyone interested in becoming a Missouri Master Gardener in Phelps or Pulaski counties can apply now to take the fall 2013 core course.
The course will begin with an orientation Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Pulaski County Courthouse, 301 Historic 66 East, Waynesville, MO 65583. Some refreshments will be provided.
The complete course fee is $125. The optional Master Gardener Core Manual is available for purchase for an additional $30.
All core manual materials are available for download online at no charge. A limited amount of partial scholarships are available.
The registration deadline is Aug. 9. Registrations may be submitted now with a $25 deposit with all fees due by Aug. 9.
The complete schedule and the topics covered are as follows:
Thursday, Aug. 22, 6-8 p.m. - orientation meeting and dinner,
Thursday, Sept. 5, 6-9:30 p.m. — plants and their environment,
Saturday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — a field trip to the University of Missouri campus that will include woody ornamentals, tree tour and plant propagation,
Thursday, Sept. 12, 6-9:30 p.m. — lawn and turf,
Thursday, Sept. 19, 6-9:30 p.m. — herbaceous ornamentals,
Thursday, Sept. 26, 6-9:30 p.m. — insects,
Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-10 p.m. — soils and nutrition and plant diseases in the garden,
Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — a field trip to Jefferson City that will include vegetables, a tour of MG Projects and fruits,
Thursday, Oct. 10, 6-9 p.m. — pruning,
Thursday, Oct. 17, 6-9:30 p.m. — residential landscape design,
Thursday, Oct. 24, 6-9:30 p.m. — safe application of pesticides and composting 101.
Participants will become certified as Master Gardeners after taking the 30-plus hour training course and fulfilling the first year’s 30-hour garden education related volunteer requirement.
Every subsequent year, certification is maintained through the completion of at least 20 hours of volunteer time on projects and taking an additional six hours of continued horticultural education.
Members of the general public not interested in becoming an active master gardener may audit individual classes of interest.
The fee for auditing a Thursday night class is $15 and the fee for auditing a field trip is $35 (includes a box lunch).
Since 1997 the University of Missouri Extension has trained volunteers for the Missouri Master Gardener program.
After completing the core course, Master Gardeners advise and train communities on gardening and environmental horticulture and participate in various educational service projects.
For more details, email or call Carrie Williamson or visit the group on Facebook.
To register for the training or to audit classes, complete a registration form and send it to the Pulaski County UM Extension Center.
Copies of the trainee and auditing registration forms are available at the Pulaski County Extension Center and online at http://extension.missouri.edu/pulaski.