Applications are nowbeing accepted for the 2013 class to be held Sept. 5-Dec. 5. The Master Gardener Program is a joint endeavor of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension, Walton County and gardening volunteers. This program is for individuals who are interested in gardening and enjoy sharing what they have learned with others.
The 50-hour course will be held weekly each Thursday from 8:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m.beginning Sept.5 and ending Dec.5, with no class Oct. 10 or Nov. 28.
Applicants must attend all classes. Most classes are held at the Walton County Extension Office, 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs. Some field trips are planned.
Training will include sessions on plant physiology, insects, plant diseases, care of landscape plants, vegetable gardening, lawn management, landscape design and communication skills. There is a charge of $175 for the course; a $50 refund will be given once the student fulfills the required fifty hours of volunteer service. In addition to classroom work, students are expected to participate in Master Gardener community volunteer projects to receive certification.
Men and women who want to serve their communities as master gardeners may contact the Walton County Extension office at 850-892-8172 to receive an application. The class will be limited to 20 students. Applications must be returned by Aug. 23. The website is http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/