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Extension Service to offer Master Gardener Training Program

By Staff | Oct 2, 2019

The UF/IFAS Lee County Extension Service will hold the next Master Gardener Training Program beginning Jan. 8. The 13-week comprehensive course will offer students training in basic botany, agriculture, horticulture and Florida’s ecology.

Master Gardener volunteers are a group of extensively trained volunteers of the Cooperative Extension Service that assist agents in outreach, training and research. The goal of the volunteer program is to increase the reach of the university’s research-based information into the community. The quality of life for residents of Lee County improves through the activities of the volunteers.

Graduates give, in turn, a yearly quota of volunteer hours in a variety of activities. Activities include teaching workshops, answering the public’s gardening questions at the Terry Park office and providing research-based information at community events.

The course will cover a wide range of topics including:

– Plant identification

– Florida soils and proper amending

– Insects, fungus, disease and weed pests

– Warm season lawn care and maintenance

– Vegetable and small fruit gardening

– Landscapes for beauty and protection of resources

– Plant nutrients and fertilizing practices

– Proper pruning techniques for shrubs and trees?and more gardening topics

Candidates can apply for the program by contacting Volunteer Services Coordinator Kathy Cahill at kcahill@leegov.com or 239-707-0876.

For more about the Lee County Extension Service, call 239-533-7504 or visit lee.ifas.ufl.edu.