Gardening + Community Service = Master Gardener | Lifestyles

The Extension Master Gardener program is a volunteer training program for the cooperative extension service. Volunteers are trained in everything related to horticulture.

The program has been in place for 22 years in Pulaski County. There are currently approximately 35 Master Gardener volunteers in Pulaski and surrounding counties. As a volunteer, you can work and/or educate people in public gardens, work with youth, speak at civic club meetings, help organize and plan Master Gardener events, or work behind the scenes in the community. ‘Master Gardener’s Association.

But some of the benefits of becoming a master gardener are being around others who have similar interests in helping their communities, attending engaging continuing education sessions, and that great feeling you get when you help. to beautify and preserve the green spaces where we all work. and life.

The Master Gardener 2022 program will run for 13 weeks from February 16 to May 4. At each session, you will learn about various topics in horticulture such as botany, plant pathology, entomology, pesticide safety, annuals and perennials, fruits, turf, vegetables. , and woody plants.

Once you complete the classroom portion, as a trained volunteer, you must volunteer 40 hours over the next 12 months. In subsequent years, the volunteer requirement drops to 20 hours with 10 hours of CEUs required per year.

As an active Master Gardener, you also have the option of becoming a volunteer Advanced Master Gardener with more training and specific volunteer hours spent helping out in the Pulaski Co Extension office.

The application for the Master Gardener 2022 program can be found here: https://pulaski.ca.uky.edu/mastergardener. Print it out and fill it out completely and drop it off at the Pulaski Co Extension office. The schedule is posted on the Pulaski Co Extension website. There is a $75 fee for the program.

The request must be returned as soon as possible. If you want to participate but don’t have the necessary funds, help is available. Call the office for details.

For more information, call the Pulaski County Extension Office at 679-6361. Become a fan of Pulaski County Horticulture on Facebook, @kyplants on Instagram, follow @hortagentbeth on Twitter or access the Pulaski County Horticulture YouTube channel.

Kentucky Cooperative Extension’s educational programs serve all people, regardless of economic or social status, and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Norma P. Rex