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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Master Gardener Volunteers Make a Difference in Their Communities


Bob Bricault, Michigan State University Extension
Jackson County Master Gardeners are truly a resource to their community. Committed to sharing gardening knowledge to educate and introduce a wonderful, healthy hobby to future generations. You will find them teaching healthy gardening practices in community gardens, starting plants from seeds with children, hosting gardening seminars in libraries, planning and developing beautification projects, working on conservation issues, teaching local gardeners pest and disease management skills, and promoting native plantings that attract birds, butterflies and bees. Master Gardeners are a unique group of people that come from every walk of life, sharing one central theme, a dedication to share their love of gardening.

Master Gardeners receive over 40 hours of training from Michigan State University Extension horticulture educators, learning about soil health, growing fruit, vegetables, trees, and flowers, smart management practices for pests and diseases, as well as basic pruning skills. This certificate program has been held for over 30 years in Jackson County and across the state. If you are a garden enthusiast that would like to improve your gardening knowledge and are excited about sharing gardening knowledge with others in the community, then the Master Gardener program is for you.

MSU Extension will host the Master Gardener Program in Jackson this winter.

Location: 1715 Lansing Avenue, Suite 257 in Jackson, Michigan
Date: January 21 through April 28, 2016
Time: Thursday evenings, 5:30 – 9:30 pm

Program fee: $300

*A limited number of scholarships are available based on financial need.

 Those interested can contact our office at 517-788-4292 to find out more about the program or go on-line to the Gardening in Michigan website and click on “Becoming a Master Gardener” at http://mg.msue.msu.edu/  

Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.  

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