Missouri’s Master Gardeners are a group of dedicated volunteers who give back to their communities not only through community gardening projects, but also educational programs about gardening.
The University of Missouri Extension system will offer a 15-week Master Gardener Core Course starting Aug. 20 at the Waynesville Senior Center, located at 1401 Ousley Road. Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays.
The Core Course fee is $125. The Core Course textbook is available for an additional $30; however, a digital textbook is also available at no cost, and may be self-printed.
Core Course participants will learn from professors, industry professionals and other experts with hands-on demonstrations and lectures based on university research on topics such as soils, propagation, vegetables, fruits, flowers, shrubs, trees, lawns, design, insects, diseases and more.
After initial training, participants must complete 30 hours of volunteer service in any Missouri county to become a Master Gardener. A majority of hours may be completed by attending monthly meetings. Master Gardeners then provide 20 hours of volunteer service and six hours of continuing education annually.
Volunteer service can include activities such as holding an informal class in a park, gardening with a neighbor, presenting gardening programs at a library, retirement home or school, or working in the new demonstration garden. Members often work together.
Application forms are available by visiting pulaskimomastergardeners.org. To RSVP, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants should bring their completed forms and course fees to first night of class.
For more information about the Missouri Master Garden program, call 609.949.4645.