Bonneville County Extension has begun taking applications for the 2015 Master Gardener class. Please note that the Master Gardener program is not your usual informal gardening program. It is an intensive 15 week course which prepares you to assist other gardeners with their problems. Upon completion of the course Master Gardeners are considered paraprofessionals in home horticulture. The Master Gardener program in nationally recognized and the training received is highly coveted.
The Master Gardener program requires a commitment of 36 hours of classroom time from the end of January to the beginning of May plus 40 hours hands on training arranged between you and the Extension Educator throughout the summer months. There are several open book quizzes and reading assignments. Much of the hands on training time will be spent helping out in the Master Gardner room (assisted by an Advanced Master Gardener) answering questions from other gardeners in the community.
This course is not for everybody. Those who have completed it have found it rigorous but very rewarding. University credit is available for those who may be interested. If you do not have time for the program and the time commitment, or think you really just want a less intensive horticulture seminar, please do not sign up for the Master Gardener course. There are several excellent classes offered by the local garden clubs and local nurseries. The Extension System also offers gardening programs of less intensity that may be of interest to you.
We are offering the 2015 Master Gardener program in the Idaho Falls Extension Office beginning Wednesday, January 21st, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. A schedule for the hands-on training will be arranged after classes begin and must be completed by September 18, 2015. The $65.00 class fee, which covers materials and other related expenses, is due and payable with your application.
The application deadline is January 16th. An informational letter will be sent to you soon after the deadline. Previous training or experience in horticulture is NOT required, but please be as thorough as you can in completing these areas of the application. This application is only for the classes being held in Bonneville County. If you are interested in taking the classes in Bingham or Bannock County give us a call and we will provide you with contact information.
We would love to have you join our group! Please take time now to complete the application and return it, along with the signed Opportunity Contract and Volunteer Position Description, to the office by January 16th. Space is limited, so don’t wait! If you have questions, feel free to contact email@example.com