Montana State University Extension in Gallatin County will host the level 1 Master Gardener class from 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Museum of the Rockies. Class begins Jan. 23 and concludes March 20. No class will be held March 13.
The level 1 Master Gardener class is intended for beginner to intermediate gardeners who want to be more successful in vegetable or flower gardening and to better understand yard and garden maintenance. MSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Toby Day will instruct the class.
Topics covered in the program include: an introduction to MSU Extension and the Master Gardener Program; soils and fertility; plant growth and development; flower and vegetable gardening; planting and maintaining trees and shrubs; an introduction to proper pruning and maintaining lawns; and an introduction to integrated pest management.
The class offers a certification track or a non-certification track, and both include the Montana Master Gardener handbook.
The certification track costs $180 and requires passing an open book test and completing 20 hours of community volunteer commitment by May 1, 2018. Those who successfully complete this track will become certified Master Gardeners.
The volunteer commitment may include activities such as answering questions at a local farmer’s market, assisting local garden groups, volunteering at community gardens, donating time and food to local food banks and pantries, and other horticulture-based volunteer projects. Projects will be discussed in more detail in class.
The non-certification track costs $250 and does not have a volunteer commitment. Non-certification track participants do not need to take a test and are not certified as Master Gardeners.
To register, contact the Gallatin County MSU Extension office at (406) 582-3280 or visit the office at its new location, 903 N. Black Ave., in Bozeman.
The registration deadline is Jan. 20. A late fee of $15 will be assessed on registrations received after that time.
To learn more about the Montana Master Gardener Program, see: www.msuextension.org.
~ Press release MSU News Service