Registration opens for Master Gardener training

Clinton County Master Gardeners maintain an outdoor classroom at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in DeWitt. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will hold its core training sessions this fall for anyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer.File photo

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will hold its core training sessions this fall for anyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer.

The Master Gardener program is looking for people who are passionate about volunteering and gardening, the Extension office said in a press release this week. No previous garden knowledge is required.

The program helps participants grow in knowledge about gardening best practices, the press release said. After the training, Master Gardeners volunteer in their communities, making significant contributions such as giving produce to food pantries and demonstrating garden best practices at Iowa’s county fairgrounds.

Training sessions will begin Aug. 24. Anyone interested in the course can apply at https://mastergardenerhours.hort.iastate.edu/application-form.php. The deadline for registration is Aug. 15. Training fees are $195.

After completing the course, Master Gardener trainees will work in the community, volunteering 20 hours per year and building their gardening know-how by participating in ten hours of continuing education.

The Class on Campus training session will be Oct. 19 and will bring all Master Gardener trainees together for hands-on workshops with ISU Extension and Outreach instructors.

For more information about Master Garden training, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Clinton County Office at 563-659-5125 or marks2@iastae.edu.