The Master Gardener program of Chautauqua County, offered through Cornell Cooperative Extension, is happy to announce that it will once again be offering Master Gardener Core Training and is seeking its fourth class of participants. The Master Gardeners will be holding two informational meetings about the program and how interested candidates can apply on Wednesday, May 2, from 10-11:30 a.m. and Wednesday, May 9, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center, 3542 Turner Road, Jamestown.
Interested individuals should attend one of these meetings to learn about the requirements and benefits of becoming a Master Gardener as well as receive an application for the program. The new Master Gardener class will be held on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning in mid-August and running through mid-December. Course topics include, but are not limited to, garden botany, soils and fertilizers, composting, insects and diseases, pruning, perennials, annuals, herbs, and wildlife management.
A potential Master Gardener has a basic interest and knowledge about landscapes and lawn care, flower and vegetable gardening and is enthusiastic about learning and sharing horticultural knowledge and skills with others. Participants also need a flexible time schedule to allow for participation in the program, and be willing to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours throughout 2013 on various horticultural projects.
If you would like to attend one of the informational meetings on either May 2 or May 9, contact Betsy Burgeson by May 1 at 664-9502, ext. 204, or email@example.com. Space is limited.
The mission of the Chautauqua County Master Gardener Program is to educate and serve the community, utilizing university and research-based horticultural information. Volunteers are from the community who have successfully completed 50-plus hours of Cornell-approved training and volunteer a minimum of 50 hours per year. For further information, contact Betsy Burgeson, Master Gardener coordinator at Cornell Cooperative Extension/Chautauqua County, 664-9502, ext. 204.