Clemson Extension Master Gardner Training Course – Begins September 22nd

mg_sept2013Calling All Gardeners!  Is your thumb green? Do you want to know how to make your brown thumb turn green? Do you thirst for more knowledge about your home landscape? Can you commit to putting your knowledge and skills to work through volunteer service? If you answered yes, then the South Carolina Master Gardener program may be for you!

As was announced in Sunday’s (June 19, 2016) Post and Courier, the next Tri-County Master Gardener Training Course for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties will begin September 22.  The Clemson Extension Master Gardener Training Course is a volunteer training program that requires 12 weeks of intensive instruction in the fundamentals of basic horticulture.  Apply online here.

Students in this course must contribute a minimum of forty hours (40) of volunteer service to Clemson Extension Service in order to earn the title of “Clemson Extension Master Gardener”. Please note: A significant portion of these hours must be done during business hours of 9:00 am and 4:30pm Monday-Friday, with no exceptions. Ongoing service in the Master Gardener program means that volunteers commit to a minimum of 30 hours per year to the program (10 hours of continuing education and 20 volunteer service hours). Today, over two hundred Master Gardeners in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties contribute thousands of hours to their community by answering gardening questions over the telephone or via e-mail; organizing and conducting educational gardening programs for the public; writing gardening articles or newsletters; community service projects with schools and non-profit organizations; and staffing an “Ask a Master Gardener” booths at farmer’s markets, local garden centers, and a variety of other community events.

(Photo credit:  Clemson Extension Master Gardener website)

-Submitted by Tidelines Editor

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