(Juneau) There is a program available for those interested in improving one’s green thumb. The Master Gardener Volunteer Training offered through the Dodge County UW-Extension aims to teach the basics of gardening and landscaping. Master Gardner 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 21 at 6pm in the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau. Classes will meet from 6pm to 9pm on Tuesday evenings beginning February 4 and concluding in early May. Shirk says there is a test interested individuals need to pass with a 75-percent or better to take the course. Although, Shirk says it is open book and test takers are assisted by current Master Gardeners.
Successfully completing the training program is the first step to becoming a Certified Master Gardener Volunteer and a member of the Dodge County and Wisconsin Master Gardener Associations. Participants must also complete 24 hours of community service by October of the year after their training.
The 14-week 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 “Level One” 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 17.
For more information about the Dodge County Master Gardener Volunteer Level 1 Training Program 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.