Enrollment Now Open for Alabama Extension’s Spring 2022 Master Gardener Program | News

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Do you like plants? Do you like to learn? Then you are an excellent candidate for the trainee master gardener training program! You don’t have to be a gardening expert, just come with a desire to learn and grow!

The Alabama Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program is an educational volunteer recruitment program offered by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Volunteers work with Alabama Extension to provide their communities with reliable, relevant, and accessible gardening information and education opportunities.

Courses in the training program include Residential Lawns, Trees, Shrubs, Annuals and Perennials, and Vegetable Garden. Extension specialists, agents, local specialists and certified master gardeners will teach the courses.

The 15-week Master Gardener training course is available online via Zoom with afternoon practice sessions in Florence with Master Gardener trainees from the North West available. You don’t have to watch the sessions live – using CANVAS you can watch the sessions when it suits you – but you do have to watch them and take the quizzes to graduate.

Participants of the Master Gardener course are required to report 50 hours of volunteer service within one year of completing the course in order to achieve certification. After which, Certified Master Gardeners must complete 25 hours of volunteer service to continue their certification.

In Lawrence County, there are several ongoing projects that need help – from helping with landscaping the library to designing and running a booth at the Farmers Fall Festival in October.

The deadline to register for the Spring Training Series is January 23.

Spring trainee training will begin on February 3. Each course day will have a morning (9.30am-11.30am) and an afternoon part (1.00pm-2.30pm). The fee is $200. The fee includes a Master Gardener book and a Master Gardener t-shirt.

Once you complete the course and community service hours, you will be certified and receive a badge and have the opportunity to join an area association.

Lawrence County recently formed an association and is looking forward to new members. Because the Lawrence County Association is new, many of our Master Gardener graduates have also joined the Morgan County Association. The Master Gardener program allows membership in several associations.

If you are having internet connection issues, you can use technology from the Lawrence County office to attend classes. In addition, by appointment, you will have the opportunity to meet local master gardeners who can help you throughout the course.

If you have any questions, please call Lucy Edwards, Regional Extension Officer – Home Grounds at 334-329-1672 or Donna Shanklin, Lawrence County Extension Coordinator at 256-974-2464.

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