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Become a Master Gardener

Category: Land & Conservation

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UConn Master Gardener Program

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The Master Gardener Program began in 1972, at Washington State University, as a response to overwhelming requests for horticulture information. The extension agent developed the specialized, two-part training program including classes as well as required volunteer community outreach hours. Today, there are Master Gardener programs in every state. The requirements typically include a registration fee to cover the cost of educational materials, about 40-60 hours of volunteer service and class instruction in a wide range of horticulture and related areas including entomology, soil, vegetables, woody landscape plants, integrated pest management, plant pathology, organic gardening and more. In most states, training is offered in several county extension offices in the fall and winter months. After completion of the classes, students become Master Gardener interns. After a final exam and completion of the volunteer outreach service commitment in their community, interns become Master Gardeners.

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Daphne Dixon

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Fairfield, CT

Duane O'Donnell

BERC-Sustainable Biz Pgm

Sacramento, CA

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Linda asked:
I live in Plano. Where is the closest master garder program? Thanks.
Duane O'Donnell answered:

Master Gardeners for Tulare County is at http://ucanr.org/sites/UC_Master_Gardeners/ additional contact info Tulare County (559)684-3325 & (559)684-3326 Tue and Thur 9:30 - 11:30 am. Kings County (559) 582-3211, ext. 2736 Thursday Only, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Email: cetulare@ucdavis.edu

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