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Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and help others, and able to communicate with diverse groups of people.
What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture. In exchange for their training, people who become Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through their parish Extension agent to provide horticulture-related information to their communities.
Any Louisiana resident with an interest in horticulture and a desire to volunteer for community service may apply to the Master Gardener Training Program. (Master Gardeners moving from other states must take the Louisiana training.)
The Louisiana Master Gardener training program provides a balanced, integrated, practical course in gardening. Special topics, based on Louisiana gardening needs, are part of the curriculum and involve a balance of lecture and hands-on activities. The training is conducted over a two-to-three-month period with instruction provided by LSU AgCenter Extension faculty and other horticulture experts. Primary topics covered in the training include:
Classroom participation must include 80 percent attendance during the two-to-three-month training period. Classes are usually three to six hours one day per week and generally conducted at a parish Extension office. Upon completion of the formal coursework, participants are required to satisfactorily pass a comprehensive examination on the materials covered.
To help you decide if you should apply to be a Master Gardener, ask yourself these questions:
If you answered yes to these questions, the Master Gardener program could be for you.
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