U Of I Extension Office Offering Master Gardener Class


By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Do you have a green thumb?

Would you like to?

Then the local University of Idaho Extension Office has the answer.

Starting in January the university of Idaho Twin falls, Jerome and Burley Extension Offices are starting up their annual master gardener classes.

Joey martin for Idaho’s First News tells us what can locals expect from this course.

For this week’s segment of Grow Southern Idaho.

We take a closer look at what it will take for you to gain the title of master gardener.

With snow fall blanketing the ground across southern Idaho.

Getting out into your garden isn't really a possibility.

But if you would like to brush up on your gardening knowledge and also become a master gardener...

Tony McCammon has just the class for you.

"We have specialist from all over the state of Idaho coming to Twin Falls, burley as well as Jerome. It's a 15 week program, so we meet once a week. We go through 3 hours of class time learning different subjects from composting to pest management to disease and insects... the whole conglomerate of horticulture."
Said Tony McCammon, Area Horticulture Educator.

In the class you will be able to not only learn the basics of gardening...

But will also give you the tools needed to become a master gardener.

"Just as the name implies... kind of an expert within their community on giving recommendations on plant selection, pest control... just about anything that has to do with the landscape or garden. "
Said, McCammon.
Following the in class training, students will then have the opportunity to give back to their community.

"Once they finish the 40 hours of in–class training then they provide projects for their community. They go out and find a need based on a horticulture principal and they provide a project to better the community through horticulture."
Said, McCammon.

And, don't worry... It's not just for advanced gardeners.

"Avid gardeners are defiantly welcomed but even toughs that don't have a green thumb... we can show them how to do it right."

Learning how to do it right and at the same time making your community and your home a greener place to live.

The cost of the class is $125 per person.

The class runs from January 21st through April 15th.

You must pre–register.

Registration runs through January 17.

You can either stop by your local U of I Extension Office or log onto www.hortmagic.org