Walton County Master Gardener Course offered Sept. 6 – Dec. 6, 2012

August 3, 2012

Applications are being accepted for the 2012 Class. 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 course will be held weekly each Thursday (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) beginning Sept. 6 and ending Dec. 6 (no class 10/11 or 11/22).  Applicants must attend all classes.  Classes are held at the Walton County Extension Office, 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs.  Plus there will be some field trips as well.  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 $125 for the course which covers the cost of materials.  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 15 students.  Applications must be returned by August 20th.  Master Gardener Applications can be printed off the Walton Extension Office website at http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/