Master Gardener program seeking 4th class of participants

JAMESTOWN – The Master Gardener program of Chautauqua County, offered through Cornell Cooperative Extension, is happy to announce that it will once again offer the Master Gardener Core Training and is seeking its fourth class of participants.

The Master Gardeners will hold an informational meeting about the program and how interested candidates can apply on Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center, 3542 Turner Road, Jamestown.

Interested individuals should attend this meeting to learn about the requirements and benefits of becoming a Master Gardener as well as receive an application for the program. The new Master Gardener class will be held Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning Aug. 14 and running through early December. Course topics include, but are not limited to: garden botany, soils and fertilizers, composting, insects and diseases, pruning, perennials, annuals, herbs, and wildlife management.

A potential Master Gardener has a basic interest and knowledge about landscapes and lawn care, flower and vegetable gardening and is enthusiastic about learning and sharing horticultural knowledge and skills with others. Participants also need a flexible time schedule to allow for participation in the program, and be willing to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours throughout 2014 on various horticultural projects.

If you would like to attend the informational meetings on Wednesday, contact Betsy Burgeson by Tuesday at 664-9502 x 204 or emh92@cornell.edu. Space is limited.

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