Beginning Sept. 26, a Master Gardener volunteer 12-week course will be offered at the Jackson County Extension office on Tuesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The program will be broadcast from the UW-Madison campus.
The UW-Extension Master Gardener volunteer program is for gardeners interested in improving horticulture skills and helping their communities. Master Gardener Volunteers in Jackson County learn to provide non-biased, research-based horticulture information and education for the community in affiliation with UW-Extension.
The course covers various topics for those who want to learn the basics or improve upon horticulture and gardening knowledge. Topics include botany, soils, woody and herbaceous ornamentals, entomology, plant diseases, weeds, lawn care, vegetables, fruits, and managing backyard wildlife.
Gardeners will learn a number of skills, including proper use of conventional and organic approved pesticides, fertilizers, and soil amendments for garden plants; how to correctly identify and manage problems in fruit, vegetable and ornamental plants; have increased awareness of the value of the interior and exterior landscape to human health, well-being and quality of life; and how to use horticulture as a tool to increase skills for youth and/or beginning gardeners.
Registration materials can be found at http://jackson.uwex.edu/agriculture/horticulture/master-gardener-volunteers. The deadline to apply for the program is Sept. 19. More information can be found at http://wimastergardener.org, or callthe Jackson County UW-Extension office at 715-284-4257.