Apply now for Orange County Master Gardener classes

07/11/2014 12:32 PM

07/11/2014 12:33 PM

The Orange County Cooperative Extension Service is accepting applications for its Master Gardener program for anyone who has ever wanted to learn more about growing plants or is interested in fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, or lawns.

Master Gardener is designed to provide horticultural training for selected home gardeners. Master Gardener is a title given to individuals who receive 40 hours of in-depth horticultural training from County Extension Agents and in return, agree to devotee 40 hours of volunteer service to assist local county Extension programs.

Master Gardener training will take place at the Orange County Extension Center, 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in September through January 2015.

Training will cover basic plant botany and physiology, entomology, plant pathology, vegetable gardening, fruit culture, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, turf management, interior plants, pest control, basic landscaping and identification, and usage of common landscape plants.

After completing the training, Master Gardeners answer phone calls in the Extension office, troubleshoot plant problems, build community gardens, hold plant clinics at farmers markets, and work with youth in 4H.

There is a limited number of openings in the class. Applications are being accepted at the County Extension office until Friday, August 1. The program is open to anyone wishing to attend regardless of race, color, sex, handicap, or national origin.

For more information, please contact Carl Matyac at 919-245-02051 or

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