Become a Master Gardener Before Spring

Trent Hawker, Program Coordinator, Horticulture for the U of I Extension.
Master Gardener volunteer training starts next week.  Don’t miss an upcoming gardening conference at the Beef House Restaurant, Covington, Indiana.
With the weather not cooperating to garden outdoors this time of year, it’s the perfect time to think about the U of I Extension Master Gardener program. Master Gardeners are adult volunteers who distribute horticulture information and education to home gardeners in our communities whose mission is “Helping Others Learn to Grow.”
Despite the name, you do not have to be a gardening expert to be a Master Gardener. All that is required is a passion for nature, a desire to learn and share home horticulture information, and an interest in positively impacting the community. 
Master Gardeners participate in many educational event throughout the year, like our Bi-State Gardening Conference held in conjunction with Purdue University Extension on January 24 at the Beef House Restaurant in Covington. Attendees will have a chance to learn about cover crops in the home garden and gardening for pollinators with our very own Sandy Mason. 
If anyone is interested in participating in the Master Gardener program, training begins next week. Our online training starts on Tuesday, January 24. Training in Champaign begins Wednesday, January 25 and in Danville on Monday January 30. The course fee of $175 covers all course materials and includes a great resource manual for gardening in Illinois. 

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