In the garden: Become a master gardener

Scott Eckert
The Kansan

September is just around the corner! That means cooler weather, fall sports and the Extension Master Gardener Basic Training course. You can be a pro or a novice, this program is for everyone. Are you interested in learning about flowers, vegetables, landscaping trees, turf or growing plants, etc? Are you interested in volunteering? K-State Research and Extension-Harvey County is accepting applications for the fall 2020 Basic Master Gardener class.

Master Gardener trainees are instructed in the areas of landscaping, soils, plant diseases, insects, herbs, flowers and turf, trees and shrubs, gardening, vegetables, fruit and landscaping, among others. The teachers of the class are Kansas State University experts, horticulture industry personnel and county extension agents. Trainees receive approximately 40 hours of instruction from September to December. In return, the new trainee returns 40 hours of volunteer time the following year to extension through various activities such as: The Giving Garden, garden tours, The Harvey County Home and Garden show, flower bed displays, etc.

The fee for the program is $110.

If you have an interest in this program or would like to learn more, stop by the extension office in the basement of the courthouse at 8th and Main in Newton, or call me at 284-6930. Master Gardener class starts on Thursdays beginning Sept. 17 and ends Dec. 17. Enrollment ends Aug. 31.

— Scott Eckert is a Kansas State Research and Extension Agent for Harvey County. Horticulture is his specialty. He can be reached at 316-284-6930.