ISU Extension in Ida and Cherokee Counties Announces Master Gardener Program

Monday, August 9, 2010

The ISU Extension office of Ida and Cherokee Counties is offering the popular and highly educational Master Gardener Program beginning Sept. 14 through Nov. 4. Since 1977, more than 7,000 Iowans have received Master Gardener training from Iowa State University Extension. Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in growing flowers, vegetables, fruits, shrubs, trees, and lawns.

What really sets them apart from other home gardeners is their commitment to learning and sharing what they learn with others by volunteering with local projects to better their communities.

Master Gardener trainees attend 40 hours of classes taught by Iowa State University Staff and specialists in topics ranging from: lawn care, flower and vegetable gardening, ornamental trees and shrubs, fruit crops and houseplants; to insect, disease, and weed control; soil and plant nutrition; and pesticide safety.

There are twelve training sessions scheduled starting Sept. 14 through Nov. 4. By completing the training sessions, you become a Master Gardener intern. Full certification as a Master Gardener is granted after you complete 40 hours of volunteer service. The service opportunities are a broad spectrum of tasks. Master Gardeners answer telephone requests for gardening information, staff plant clinics or displays, speak to local groups, teach youth, provided horticulture therapy activities for the elderly, and supervise or judge County Fair Horticulture activities.

This program would be an excellent gift for that special individual who loves gardening! Cost for the program is $150.00 and spaced is limited. Paid pre-registration is required by Aug. 31. For more information on the location, date and time frame of the Master Gardener classes or to sign up for Ida and Cherokee counties, contact the Ida County Extension Office at (712) 364-3003 or contact the Cherokee County Extension Office at (712) 225-6196. Or, visit their Web page at

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