Walton County master gardener training starts Sept. 4

August 4, 2014

masterlogoApplications are being accepted for the Walton County Master Gardener 2014 class.  The Florida Master Gardener Program is a joint endeavor of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), Walton County Extension and gardening volunteers.

This course will be held weekly each Thursday (8:30 am to 12:45 pm) beginning September 4, 2014 and ending December 4, 2014 with the exception of Nov. 27.  Applicants must attend all classes which are held at the Walton County Extension Office, 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs.  Classroom and field study will cover plant physiology, insects, plant diseases, care of landscape plants and design, vegetable gardening and lawn management.  There is a charge of $175 to cover costs of materials and supplies.  $50 will be refunded when the applicant finishes the 50 hours of instruction, completes 75 hours of volunteer work and an additional 10 hours of continued study within the following 12 months to become certified.

Men and women who want to serve their communities as Master Gardeners may contact the Walton County Extension Office at (850) 892-8172 to request an application packet.  The class will be limited to 15 students.  Applications must be returned by August 22.  More information is available online at http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/mastergardener and Master Gardener applications may be printed off the Walton Extension Office website at http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu

Submitted by Barbara Young 850-622-0192