10/22/17 – There is a program available for those interested in improving one’s green thumb. The Master Gardener Training offered through the Dodge County UW-Extension aims to teach the basics of gardening and landscaping. Master Gardner’s Carol Shirk says participants learn a wide variety of topics such as insects, trees, plant diseases, and weeds. There is a required orientation meeting on January 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Administration Building located at 127 East Oak Street in Juneau. Classes will meet from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings beginning February 6 and concluding in early May. Shirk says there is a test interested individuals need to pass with a 75% or better to take the course. Although, Shirk says it is open book and test takers are assisted by current Master Gardeners. The program cost is $150 and includes training, a comprehensive set of UW-Extension horticulture publications, and a one year membership to the local and state organization. The training is open to the general public and participants must be at least 18 years of age. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis and class size is limited to 25 participants. Registration deadline for the class is January 19. Visit DailyDodge.com for contact information. For more information or to register, contact the Dodge County UW-Extension office at 920-386-3790, visit the Dodge County UW-Extension/Master Gardener Association website at http://dodge.uwex.edu/ or connect with us on Facebook.