Archive for Thursday, July 5, 2007

Master gardener applications due

July 5, 2007

Applications are now being accepted for the 2008 Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Master Gardener training program. The deadline for applications is July 16.

Training sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday, beginning Sept. 18 and running through Nov. 20. All classes will be at the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1500, Olathe.

There is a $100 administration fee for those accepted into the class. Class members must be Johnson County residents.

The EMG program, sponsored by Johnson County and Kansas State University Extension, is designed to teach area gardeners about horticulture and give them the opportunity to share their knowledge through various gardening-related volunteer projects.

Applicants who are selected for the EMG program will receive more than 50 hours of intensive horticulture-related training from university and industry experts. 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.

K-State Research and Extension began its Master Gardener pilot program in Johnson County 26 years ago. In 2006, Extension Master Gardeners volunteered 32,000 total hours to the Johnson County community.

Those interested in applying for the program or wanting more information, are asked to call Johnson County Extension at (913) 715-7000 or visit the Web site at www.oznet.ksu.edu/johnson and click on the Master Gardener link.

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