Master Gardener Program to begin in September

Published 7:08 pm Monday, July 23, 2018

A Master Gardener Program will be held at the Dallas County Farmers Co-op on 2519 US Highway 80 on Thursdays, Sept. 6- Nov. 15 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The program is $150, and the deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 10.

The Master Gardener Program is a nationwide Extension Education Program designed for non-professionals with an interest in increasing their gardening skills and helping others with the knowledge they have gained.

The program will consist of 12 weeks of class and hands-on training taught by specialists, county agents and veteran Master Gardeners.

After the completion of the course, Master Gardener interns will be expected to give 10 hours of service to the Master Gardener Helpline and 40 hours of volunteer service to their communities.

The subjects covered include soils and plant nutrition, plant physiology, herbs and more.

Master Gardener Coordinator Mallory Kelley encourages people within the community to enroll into the gardener classes.

“It’s very informative,” Kelley said. “You don’t have to be an expert; the classes are designed to teach how to garden. I absolutely recommend people take these classes. A lot of master gardeners are teaching all the classes. If anyone is interested in gardening or wants to learn about gardening this will be a good avenue for them.”

Kelley has been teaching Master Gardener classes throughout central Alabama for nine years and said she had never had anyone take the courses that said they did not benefit from them.

For an application, contact the Dallas County Office at (334)-875-3200.