MASTER GARDENER CLASSES TO BEGIN FEBRUARY 6
The Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Program is a UT Extension program that trains volunteers to provide the public with research-based information on lawn and garden topics.
This year’s program, offered by the UT Extension office of Bradley County, will begin on Feb. 13 and consist of 15 sessions related to basic home gardens and landscapes.
Sessions will be held on Tuesdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the UT-Bradley County Extension building located at 95 Church St. S.E. in Cleveland.
Some of the topics that will be covered are:
• Overview of the state and local Master Gardener programs.
• Plant anatomy, physiology and taxonomy.
• Soils, soil management, and plant nutrition.
• Ornamental plants (woody and/or herbaceous).
• Edible crops (vegetables and/or tree and small fruits).
• Turfgrass selection, management and renovation.
• Plant pathology and plant diagnostics.
• Entomology, Integrated Pest Management, and pesticide safety.
• Weed science, weed control and/or invasive plants.
• Environmental stewardship in residential landscapes.
The total cost for all the training sessions, a Master Gardener handbook that is used and other materials is $150.
Those who take the training are asked to return one hour of service to the community for each hour of training they receive. This service can be in the form of helping others, such as new residents with lawn or garden problems, helping with school gardening programs, giving horticultural talks at meetings or clinics and helping with many projects currently underway with the Master Gardener Organization.
The Master Gardener Program as well as all programs sponsored by UT Extension are open to everyone.
For more information, please call the Bradley County Extension office at 728-7001.
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