Area lawn and garden enthusiasts can get intensive horticulture training in exchange for volunteer hours through University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener program. The training program consists of weekly sessions that run from January through April.
Participants get more than 60 hours of in-depth instruction on such topics as soils; botany; insect and disease control; flowers, trees, shrubs and other ornamentals; fruit and vegetable production; houseplants; basic landscaping and a wide range of other topics.
An internship of 60 hours of volunteer horticulture-related service to our local neighbors and communities for U of I Extension completes the training requirements. Some Master Gardeners answer lawn and garden questions from homeowners. Others help design and operate demonstration gardens for the public and some make presentations to local schools and civic groups.
Classes will be offered jointly in Springfield and Decatur on Thursdays from 9am to 4pm, starting January 26 and ending April 5, 2012. Applications must be submitted by December 10, 2011.
For more details and to request an application packet, contact the U of I Extension offices in Christian County-217-287-7246.