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Master gardener program beginning in February
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MONROE - People interested in learning how to better manage their yards and gardens and willing to share their gained knowledge with others will want to register to attend the General Master Gardener Program being held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 3 to April 21 at the Government Services Building of the Pleasant View Complex, N3150 Wisconsin 81, Monroe.

University of Wisconsin-Extension specialists, Green County Agriculture Agent Mark Mayer and local certified Master Gardener Volunteers will help coordinate and teach the classes. Participants will explore the proper practices involved in managing trees and shrubs, lawns, landscape plants, fruit crops and vegetables and including discussions on insect, disease and weed management, cultivar selection, pruning, mulches, and other crop care activities.

Participants will become certified as UW-Extension Master Gardeners after completing the 36 hour course, and passing an open book exam. In exchange for this instruction, participants are required to volunteer a minimum of 24 hours of time to serve as a resource to their community via their local county extension office.

The cost to attend the 12-week program is $130 per person. The program is open to anyone over the age of 18 and the number of participants is limited to 15. Registrations and fees must be received by January 26 at the Green County UW-Extension Office to reserve a spot in the class. For more information or to receive a registration brochure, contact Mark Mayer, UW-Extension Agriculture Agent at (608) 328-9440 or go to the Green County UW-Extension Web site at: