Applications available for Master Gardener program

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WSU Extension in Walla Walla County is now taking applications for its Master Gardener program. Participants do not have to be expert gardeners to attend, just have a desire to learn and the ability to return volunteer service to the program, said Mary Eagon, master gardener coordinator, in a press release.

The program teaches volunteers more about plant science, home horticulture, integrated pest management, garden maintenance, plant problem diagnosis, environmentally sound gardening practices and how to extend that knowledge to others more effectively.

Volunteers receive 50 hours of horticulture training in exchange for 50 hours of volunteer service to the community. This year master gardeners were available to answer gardening questions at the Extension office twice a week, Farmer’s Market, Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days and at other community events.

Master gardener training will be 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays Jan. 26 through March 18 at the WSU Extension office, 328 W. Poplar St. A fee of $150 is required.

Applications are available at the Extension office and are due by Jan. 5. For more details, contact the Extension office at 524-2685 or e-mail Eagon at meagon@wsu.edu.

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