Master Gardener Volunteer training will be offered by University of Wisconsin Extension beginning September 10, 2018, at the St. Croix County Agricultural Service and Education Center in Baldwin, Wisconsin. Master Gardeners are members of the local community who are trained by University of Wisconsin Extension specialists in a broad range of plant science topics. Topics to be covered, among others, include basic botany, soils and composting, plant diseases and insects, woody trees and shrubs, annuals and perennials, lawn care, vegetables, fruits, wildlife, native plants, weeds, organic growing and houseplants.
Participants receive 36 hours of training, and in exchange must provide 24 hours of community volunteer service related to plant science and/or gardening. Types of volunteer service include things such as producing educational displays at fairs and other events, teaching adults and youth about horticulture, working with demonstration and community gardens, hunger prevention efforts, and community beautification projects.
Classes will be held on eight Monday evenings and two Saturday mornings on the following dates: Mondays, September 10, 17 and 24, October 8, 15, 22 and 29, and November 12; and on Saturdays September 29 and November 3.
Cost for the program is $60 which includes University publications, a study manual, all other course materials and monthly newsletters.
Class size is limited and preregistration is required. For more information and an enrollment form, contact the Pierce County UW-Extension office at (715) 273-6781.