Special to GUIDON
The Phelps County University of Missouri Extension office will hold a Missouri Master Gardener Core Course starting Aug. 30 at the First Baptist Church, 801 North Cedar Street, in Rolla.
Master Gardeners are a group of dedicated volunteers who give back to their communities through educational programs on gardening and community projects.
The Core Course covers a variety of gardening and horticulture topics, including soils, plant propagation, vegetables, fruits, flowers, shrubs, trees, lawns, insects, diseases, garden design and more. The courses are taught by university professors with hands-on demonstrations and lectures.
Classes will be held weekly from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays through Nov. 29.
After completion of the course, each student may become a Master Gardener following 30 hours of volunteer service in a Missouri community of their choice, and provide 20 hours of service per year thereafter.
The Core Course fee is $150 for those who register now through Monday. Course fees rise to $160 thereafter. Registration ends Aug. 24.
To register, or for more information, call the Phelps County University of Missouri Extension office at 573.458.6260 or visit extension.missouri.edu/gardeners.aspx.