Gardener program turns thumbs green

Mar 18, 2012 Staff

Master Gardener training is starting its series of classes on Friday, March 23, in Fremont County.

Training involves participating in a 10-week, four-hour-a-day class that covers trees, lawns, insects, plant health, plant pathology, composting and several other areas, said Alex Malcolm, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service educator in the county.

The Master Gardener program extends extension's expertise in the area of horticulture, gardening, and small-scale food production through trained and certified volunteer Master Gardeners.

Classes begin March 23 and will be each Friday until May 25. Classes will alternate between Riverton, Lander and Crowheart. UW CES provides the training.

In exchange for training, participants volunteer 40 hours of service within a two-year time period to earn the Master Gardener designation.

The cost of the program is $150 and includes the cost of the book.

"Master Gardeners are asked to spend two hours a week in the extension office during the summer answering phone calls about horticulture, write articles about horticulture, help youngsters with a garden and volunteer at one of the four farmers markets here in Fremont County," Malcolm said.

"Occasionally Master Gardeners will visit the problem site. If they cannot suggest a solution to the problem, they research the problem until they have a solution to suggest. Other opportunities include consultation of school gardens, teaching and working at a demonstration garden," he said.

For information about becoming a Master Gardener or obtaining the assistance of a Master Gardener, call the extension offices in Riverton at 857-3654 or in Lander at 332-2363.

Fremont County Spring Master Gardener Trainee 2012 Schedule

Classes will be held on Fridays, rotating between Riverton, Lander and Dubois. Classes start at 10 a.m. and run until about 3 p.m. All classes in Riverton will be at the Fremont County Fairgrounds Heritage Hall.

March 23, Lander: Introduction to Master Gardeners taught by Alex Malcolm, UWYO Fremont County Extension Educator. Introduction to Plant Botany, Christopher Hilgert, UW Master Gardener Coordinator

March 30, Lander: Pest Control & Integrated Pest Management (Part 1) taught by Ron Cunningham, University of Wyoming extension educator. Tree Management taught by Malcolm.

April 6, NO CLASS: Easter Weekend

April 13, Riverton: Soils taught by Kelli Belden, UWYO extension soils specialist.

April 20, Lander: Vegetable Gardening taught by George Zerga, Fremont County Master Gardener.

April 27, Lander: Pest Control & Integrated Pest Management (Part 2) taught by Lars Baker, Fremont County Weed and Pest.

May 4, Riverton: Entomology taught by Alexandre Latchininsky and Scott Schell, UWYO extension entomology specialists.

May 11, Lander: Plant Physiology and Pathology taught by John Watkins, Retired UNL plant pathologist.

May 18, Crowheart: Lawn Management taught by Malcolm.

May 25. Riverton: Wrap Up and Diagnostic Tour (Lawns & Trees).

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