Extension seeks applications
Applications are now being accepted for the 2007 Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Master Gardener training program. The deadline for applications is July 14.
Training sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday from Sept. 12 through Nov. 17. All classes will be at the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1500 in Olathe.
There is a $100 administration fee for those accepted into the class.
Those interested or wanting more information should call (913) 715-7000 or visit www.oznet.ksu.edu/johnson and click on the Master Gardener link.
The program is designed to teach area gardeners about horticulture they can share through various gardening-related volunteer projects. Those selected to the program will receive more than 50 hours of intensive horticulture-related training. In return, newly-trained recruits will be required to volunteer a minimum of 60 hours of service during their first year after training in order to fulfill program requirements. On average, a typical Johnson County EMG donates more than 115 hours of service yearly.
Volunteers can choose from a wide range of projects aimed at helping the community learn research-based, university recommended gardening practices for a safe, sound environment. These include Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, Shawnee Town, Wonderscope Children's Museum, the Overland Park Arboretum Monet Garden, Shawnee Indian Mission Blue Valley Wilderness Center and others. Master Gardeners also staff the Extension's popular gardening hotline, answer calls, emails or consult with walk-in visitors about lawn or garden questions.