Time to register for Master Gardener class

Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners bag bulbs for their annual bulb sale. Photo by Kathie Rowell.

Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners bag bulbs for their annual bulb sale. Photo by Kathie Rowell.

Ever dreamed of becoming a Master Gardener?

Now’s your chance.

LSU AgCenter is accepting applications for the next Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners class, scheduled for January through March. Membership is open to all adults in Northwest Louisiana.

MG logo smallMaster Gardeners are the volunteer arm of the AgCenter. They are trained in horticulture in exchange for 40 hours of volunteer service, sharing what they’ve learned with other gardeners.

Volunteer opportunities include organizing and staffing the annual garden tour, Le Tour des Jardins, and World of Gardening seminars, teaching children about gardening, manning a gardening hotline, creating and maintaining demonstration gardens and assisting in local parish extension offices.

So, what will you learn?

Topics include insects, plant health, vegetables, fruits, turf, ornamentals and more. Classes, both lecture and hands-on, are taught by Louisiana Cooperative Extension specialists, university professors and other horticulture experts.

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays for 10 weeks at the Randle T. Moore Center, corner of Kings Highway and Fairfield Avenue, Shreveport. There is a $175 registration fee, which covers the cost of training manuals, publications and supplies for the class.

Class size is limited and the registration deadline is Dec. 1, so don’t dilly-dally.

Call 318-698-0098 to request an application or, better yet, download one at

http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/lawn_garden/master_gardener/parish_lmg_programs/Northwest/Program_Information/

You won’t be sorry, says Master Gardener Michele Wiener.

“I like to think of myself as an ambassador for the LSU AgCenter, which is really what we are trained to be. The mission of the MG is to educate the public about gardening and engage the community in horticultural pursuits. We put in over 10,000 service hours each year helping the AgCenter. What I enjoy most is that each MG can help in the area that they are most comfortable. Whether it’s answering the phone at the MG office or helping with the garden tour, we each contribute in our own way. It’s a great way to meet people who share a love of gardening.”

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