The Master Gardener program's first volunteer training is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the University of Maryland Extension, Carroll County. The program is available to all Carroll County residents.
"There are several benefits," said Steve Allgeier, Carroll County's Master Gardener coordinator. "Trainees will develop a network of gardening friends, receive exposure to a wide variety of different horticulture topics and learn new skills."
Allgeier said volunteers will be instructed in the following areas: botany, entomology, soils, vegetable gardening, weeds, trees and shrubs, plant pathology, lawn care, pest management, Bay-Wise gardening, perennials, insects, pesticide safety and fertilizers, plant identification, composting, and pollination.
New Master Gardener trainees will need to accomplish at least 20 hours of approved volunteer work with current Master Gardeners to be eligible for the full Master Gardener training program in the fall.
The fall training will take place 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 9 through Nov. 3. There will also be two Saturday trainings on Sept. 26 and Oct. 31.
For more information, contact the Carroll County Extension Office at 410-386-2760.
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