To register for the Master Gardener program, fill out the attached 2019 Master Gardener application and bring/mail it to LSU AgCenter, ATTN: Gary Stockton, 307 N Homer Street #101, Ruston LA 71270, along with a check made payable to “LSU AgCenter”. If you have questions, call 318-251-5134.
The LSU AgCenter will offer classes again in August for the Master Gardener program in Lincoln Parish. The Master Gardener program is an all-volunteer program and is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, directed by the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. Master Gardener volunteers are highly trained to assist the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service in providing horticultural, research-based educational programs to Louisiana residents and the gardening public.No prior experience with gardening is necessary to become a Master Gardener.
Master Gardeners must have an interest in horticulture and be willing to help the community with their time and talents .This is an on-going education and volunteering organization open to those with a desire for gardening and horticulture. What sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training and knowledge in horticulture. They have the opportunity to put their skills to work by volunteering in the local community on projects of home gardeners. After the completion of the class, community projects are available for those wanting to meet the requirements of a certified Master Gardener.
Many projects have been completed by Master Gardeners in the Ruston community. Some of these tasks include a butterfly garden and Xeriscape Gardens at Lincoln Parish Park, assist teachers and students with school gardens, a tree identification trail at Lincoln Parish Park, and they maintain a flower garden beside the Dixie Theater in downtown Ruston.
The classes consist of classroom topics, such as soils, plant propagation and insects.Participants are required to attend 80% of the scheduled instruction and pass a take home, open-book examination. They must volunteer a maximum of 40 hours of service during the first year and 20 hours of service each following year to become a certified Master Gardener.
This diverse group of men and women develop friendships as they work on the projects at hand. They have taken trips together, visiting local gardens and experiencing each other’s gardens, as well as sharing and learning more about plants from each other. One of the big money making projects the Master Gardeners participate in is their spring plant sale, in which plants are grown in greenhouses and sold by the Master Gardeners’ from their own transplanted plants.Some of the money used through this organization is used to provide local scholarships. Two Louisiana Tech scholarships are offered for students majoring in the area related to plants and one high school scholarship is available to a graduating senior from an area high school.
The Master Gardener classes will begin Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at the LSU AgCenter office from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The classes will consist of 33 hours of training every Tuesday for 11 weeks. The cost of the class is $125 if paid by July 22 or $150 if paid after July 22, which covers the cost of the classroom manual, Master Gardener name badge and speakers for the class.Speakers that will be teaching these classes are well educated in the field of horticulture. The class is open to all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion or socioeconomic level.You may register for the upcoming class by coming by our office, 307 North Homer Street in Ruston or you can call our office at 318-251-5134 for more information. Register early if you are serious about this program, as we have limited classroom spaces available.