Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

March 4, 2014

Master Gardener classes to begin  

CROSSVILLE — Once again spring is just around the corner. For all the Cumberland County residents who would like to learn more about plants, soil, bugs (good and bad) and all that it takes to be a successful gardener, the University of Tennessee, through the Extension office, is offering the Master Gardener training course. It is an 18-class course that will be held from 9 to 12 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning March 17.

There is limited seating, but several slots are still available to interested persons. The course it offered at cost with a very large manual to take home which will include the material to be covered.

Participants will learn plant science from the ground up. Because the Master Gardener program is a community outreach project, just finishing the course hours doesn’t give them the MG title. After completion of the classroom and outdoor studies, each member will still need to complete 40 hours of volunteer service and eight additional hours of horticultural study to become certified by the University.

It is fun and it is interesting. People who can hardly wait to get their hands into the soil will enjoy this class. And, of course, participants will get to study with and get acquainted with like minded people. Most classes will be held at the Plateau Research and Education Center on Hwy 70N. Some will remember the installation as the Experiment Station. If ready to sign up or to hear more about it, call Ellen at 484-6743.

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