Applications are being accepted for the 2011 Walton County Master Gardener course. The Master Gardener program is a joint endeavor of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension, Walton County and gardening volunteers.
The 50-hour Master Gardener Course will be held weekly each Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 10 and ending April 21. Applicants must attend all classes. Most classes are held at the Walton County Extension Office, 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs. Some field trips are planned. Training will include sessions on plant physiology, insects, plant diseases, care of landscape plants, vegetable gardening, lawn management, landscape design and communication skills. There is a charge of $100 for the course which covers the cost of books and other supplies. In addition to classroom work, students are expected to participate in Master Gardener community volunteer projects to receive certification. Fifty volunteer hours must be accumulated within one year of course completion.
Men and women who want to serve their communities as Master Gardeners may contact the Walton County Extension Office at 850-892-8172 to receive an application. The class will be limited to 20 students. Applications must be returned by January 31. For more information, go to: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/