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Master Gardener training to be offered starting in February
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MONROE - Gardeners interested in learning how to better manage lawns, trees, shrubs or gardens and share that knowledge with others may register for the University of Wisconsin-Extension Master Gardener Level One training that will be offered in Monroe later this winter.

Classes to learn more about horticulture and to become a UW-Extension Certified Master Gardener volunteer are being offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday from Feb. 21 to April 25 at the Green County UW-Extension office, 2841 6th St., Monroe. Two Saturday sessions, March 11 and May 6, also will be part of the training offered.

UW-Extension specialists and Green County Master Gardener volunteers will help class participants learn more about soils, plant nutrition and composting, botany, plant growth and propagation, lawn care, trees and shrubs, entomology, plant diseases, weed identification and invasive plants, integrated pest management, vegetables, fruits and general gardening, backyard wildlife, landscaping with herbaceous plants and perennials and houseplants. Participants will receive two three-ring binders featuring the latest university reference information on topics covered during the course.

In exchange for this instruction, participants are required to volunteer a minimum of 24 hours of volunteer service as a resource for horticulture inquiries in the community. This can be done through the UW-Extension Office in Green County or through many of the community projects done by the Green County Master Gardeners Association.

The cost is $150 per person. The fee includes a binder with UW Horticulture Publications, Master Gardener Handbook and admission to the Green County Master Gardeners Gardening Symposium March 11. A limited number of scholarships are available to help pay a portion of the cost for those who qualify.

The program is open to anyone 18 or older. Registrations must be received by Feb. 9 at the Green County UW-Extension Office, 2841 6th St., Monroe. A minimum number of participants is required to run the classes. For more information or to register, contact agriculture agent Mark Mayer at 608-328-9440 or visit the Green County UW-Extension web site at: to print out an informational brochure and registration form for the program.