HORTICULTURE — Extension’s 2020 Master Gardener Trainings, Two Sites Available

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By Mary Jane Frogge, Extension Associate, Lancaster County

If you have a strong interest in gardening and enjoy helping others, you are invited to become a Nebraska Extension Master Gardener volunteer.

This program will increase your knowledge and understanding of horticultural topics such as:
• Best cultural practices for growing flowers, vegetables and turf.
• Plant disease and insect pest identification.
• Control methods.
• Much more.

Instructors are Extension specialists, educators, associates and horticulture professionals.

To become a Master Gardener volunteer, you must attend all training sessions, pass an examination and volunteer for Extension educational programming. Volunteer opportunities include answering gardening questions from the public, teaching 4-H youth gardening, assisting at the county or state fair, and assisting community garden participants among many others.

Training class size is limited. Those participating in the 2020 training class must pay a $190 materials fee. There are two options for Master Gardener Training in Lincoln.

Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County Master Gardener 2020 training program, which will begin in February. Training hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and the training sessions will be held at the Lancaster Extension Education Center. For additional information, contact Mary Jane Frogge at 402-441-7180. Application deadline is Jan. 17. Apply online at http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/othrlink.shtml.

Nebraska Extension Campus-Based Master Gardener 2020 training program will begin in January. Training hours are 6–9 p.m. and the training sessions will be held at the University of Nebraska East Campus. Application deadline is Jan. 17. For more information, contact Terri James at 402-472-8973. Apply online at http://mastergardener.unl.edu/master-gardener-application.

Do not miss this opportunity to increase your gardening knowledge and the chance to share with others in the community.