Upshur and Lewis counties' West Virginia University Extension Offices are joining together to offer the 2012 Master Gardener training certification program.
Half of the program will be held in Upshur County and the other half of the program will be offered in Lewis County. This is a 30-hour horticulture training program that includes an additional 30-hour community service component.
The training will cover many relevant horticultural topics such as soils, pruning, lawn care, vegetable production and season extension, entomology, plant diseases, botany, composting, tree risk management, organic pest control, small fruit and more.
A basic interest in gardening is all participants need to successfully complete this program. However, this is not just a basic "how to garden" type of program. The training will provide in-depth instruction on the various horticultural training, and community service components of the program will result in the participant's certification as a West Virginia master gardener.
Those who commit to the program will agree to do both the 30 hours or training and 30 hours of community service related to the master gardener training. They will have one year from completion of the 30 hours of educational training to complete the 30 hours of service. Most participants find that the service hours are easy to accomplish and are very rewarding.
Classes will begin Feb. 23 and will run on consecutive Thursday evenings through April 26. Classes will run from 6 to 9 p.m.
The cost for this year's class is $85, which covers the cost of the Master Gardener Manual, official master gardener name badge and other class expenses.
More information and registration details are available by calling 304-473-4208 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.