The 2007 Michigan Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a horticulture education and volunteer leader training program offered by Michigan State University Extension (MSUE). An interest in plants, a personal commitment to volunteerism and an enthusiasm for sharing knowledge with others are the only prerequisites for application.
Classes will begin in Ingham County on Thursday, December 7. The 16 week volunteer training program will provide instruction on a wide variety of horticultural topics.
Applicants attend classes in their county, learning basic horticultural principles and environmentally sound gardening practices. They then provide a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service to their community.
The classes will be held in the C. Ross Building at the 121 E. Maple Street, in Mason, Michigan. Class time will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To enroll contact Connie Vernon at email@example.com or call 517-676-7207 to request an application. The registration can be downloaded at www.ingham.org/ce/hort/home.htm. The cost of the course is $250.00. There are some 50% scholarships available. Space is limited, so register early.
The Master Gardener course provides an overview of major horticultural subjects in a classroom setting. Session topics are:
The basic biology of plants and how they grow and reproduce. Learn the various plant tissues and organs and how they relate to horticultural interest and value.
- Basic concepts of soil structure, pH, chemistry and fertility as well as fertilizers and soil amendments.
- The selection, care and maintenance of annuals, biennials and perennials in the landscape.
- Basic biology and control of common household pests and wildlife in the home landscape.
- Growing plants not adapted to our climate in a controlled environment such as a home or greenhouse.
- Dealing with insect, disease and environmental problems using a wide range of alternatives including but not limited to chemical pesticides.
- Selection, installation and maintenance of turfgrass adapted to Michigan lawns.
- Culture and care of strawberries, grapes, blueberries and raspberries in the home garden.
- Selection, planting, pruning and care of apples, pears, peaches, cherries and other fruit in the home orchard.=
- Growing cool and warm season vegetables in Michigan gardens including season extending options.
- Selection, planting, pruning and care of ornamental trees and shrubs in the home landscape.
Upon completion of their educational training, students provide a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service to their community. Their volunteer leadership and service provide home gardening information to their community through a wide variety of gardening related activities.