Do you have an interest in gardening? Want to learn more about gardening, fruit trees, and how to manage insect pests? If you answered yes to these questions and you have time to volunteer in the community and share your knowledge with others, then you may be interested in becoming a Master Gardener.
Many people think that they need to be an expert gardener to enroll in the Master Gardener program, but really all that is required is an interest in gardening. The University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener Program is actually about connecting research-based information to people interested in gardening, and then connecting those people with other gardeners and their community.
Master Gardeners are an important part of the educational mission of local University of Illinois Extension offices. Their efforts aid in accomplishing this mission by passing on research based horticulture information to the public through their outreach work. The Master Gardener program is nationwide and is also in several Canadian provinces.
Extension Educators and State Specialists with University of Illinois provide the training. Classes are conducted every Tuesday for 10 weeks (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), January 26 – April 5. There is a $130 registration fee for the training; this includes a Master Gardener manual. Attendance at ALL meetings is required. Apply now! Deadline to apply is January 12, 2016! For more information, contact the Effingham Extension Office at (217) 347-7773 or visit us online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj/
All Classes will be held at the Effingham County Extension office, 1209 Wenthe Drive, Effingham, Illinois.