How to Become a Lincoln Parish Master Gardener

Gary Stockton, Fields, Lee Ann  |  2/19/2018 10:11:13 PM

The Louisiana Master Gardener Program is a service and educational activity offered by the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. The program is designed to recruit and train volunteers to help meet the educational needs of home gardeners while providing an enjoyable and worthwhile service experience for volunteers.

Experienced and beginning gardeners seeking up-to-date horticultural information can advance their gardening expertise and gain self-satisfaction through volunteer efforts. The volunteer aspect of the Master Gardener program allows individuals to dedicate their time and talents to enhancing the quality of life for the citizens in their community by using the science and art of horticulture. It allows individuals to put into practice what they know and learn.

Master Gardeners should be interested in horticulture, willing to help people, outgoing, flexible and dependable. A trainee in the Master Gardener program must attend at least 80% of scheduled instruction, pass an open-book examination and volunteer a minimum of 40 hours of service to earn the title of Louisiana Master Gardener. Thereafter, 20 hours of service per calendar year are required to maintain the Master Gardener status.

Certification classes consist of 36 hours of training spread over 12 weeks. The instructors are professional horticulture educators who will cover topics including soils, trees, pests, etc. The first Master Gardener class will begin Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at the LSU AgCenter office, 307 N. Homer St., in Ruston from 1 pm-5 pm and continue every Wednesday for 12 weeks. The course fee is $125 by the July 20, 2018 deadline and $150 after July 20, 2018, which covers the cost of the manual, speakers and Master Gardener name badge. Limited scholarships are available. The Master Gardener program is open to all people.

To register for the Master Gardener class, fill out the attached form and bring/mail it to LSU AgCenter, 307 N. Homer, #101, Ruston, LA 71270, along with a check made payable to “LSU AgCenter”. For questions, call 318-251-5134.

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