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Master Gardener training offered

General Master Gardener volunteer training will be offered by University of Wisconsin-Extension beginning Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Ellsworth.

Master Gardeners are members of the local community who are trained by University of Wisconsin Extension faculty and specialists in a broad range of plant science topics. Topics to be covered, among others, include basic botany, soils and composting, plant diseases and insects, woody trees and shrubs, herbaceous plants, lawn care, vegetables, fruits, wildlife, native plants, weeds, organic growing and houseplants.

Participants receive 36 hours of training, and in exchange must provide 24 hours of community volunteer service related to plant science and/or gardening. Types of volunteer service include things such as producing educational displays at fairs and other events, teaching adults and youth about horticulture, working with demonstration and community gardens, hunger prevention efforts and community beautification projects.

Classes will be held on eight Wednesday evenings and two Saturday mornings on the following dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 14, 21 and 28, Oct. 12, 19 and 26, and Nov. 9 and 16; and Saturdays, Oct. 1 and Nov. 5.

Cost for the program is $125 which includes a large binder of University publications, a study manual, membership in the Wisconsin Master Gardener Association, other course materials and monthly newsletters.

Class size is limited and is on a first come basis. Register by Sept. 7.

For more information and an enrollment form, contact the Pierce County UW-Extension office at 715-273-6781.