2013-12-19 / Front Page

Master Gardener class to start

The Monmouth County Master Gardener program is accepting applications for its next round of training. The deadline to apply is Jan. 6.

“Each Master Gardener trainee receives in-depth, hands-on training in horticulture from the best in the field — Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service professional staff and their associates at Rutgers University and Brookdale Community College,” Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said. “The program includes plant biology, propagation, soil science and pest control.”

After completing classroom and handson training, a Master Gardener graduate can share his or her knowledge by conducting garden lectures, demonstrations, school and community gardening projects, telephone diagnostic service for callers, and research.

To become a Master Gardener, an individual must live in Monmouth County, be available to attend 10 weeks of classes, and make a commitment to provide gardening information and services to the community.

Classroom sessions will be held from February through May on Tuesday and Thursday mornings beginning Feb. 20. At the conclusion of the classes, all Master Gardener trainees give 60 hours of volunteer time in horticultural projects and answering calls on the county’s “horticulture helpline.” Those who complete the training become certified Master Gardeners.

The application can be downloaded from the county’s website at www.visitmonmouth.com. Click on the “Department” link to the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service.

An application may be picked up at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service office, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold Township; or call 732-431-7260 to request an application be mailed. There is a $250 fee to cover materials and program costs.

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