If you enjoy gardening, want to learn more about horticulture and are willing to share with others what you know and learn, you’re a prime candidate to become a Master Gardener.

If you enjoy gardening, want to learn more about horticulture and are willing to share with others what you know and learn, you’re a prime candidate to become a Master Gardener. MU Extension in Laclede County will offer Missouri Master Gardener Classes starting Thursday, September 6, 2018. The classes will consist of ten weeks and be held in the Extension Office at 186-D N. Adams Ave in Lebanon on Thursdayevenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.. Topics include soils, plant nutrition, growth, production, pests, diseases, vegetables, flowers, perennials, turf, and much more. This is not an online course. Sessions will be taught face to face by horticulture professionals. You do not need to be an experienced gardener to take this course.

The mission of the Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program is “helping others learn to grow.” The Master Gardener program provides in depth horticultural training to individuals throughout Missouri. After completion of the course, students volunteer a few hours applying what they have learned to help others in their communities learn about gardening and environmental education. The Master Gardener Program in Missouri promotes and raises public awareness of University of Missouri Extension as a source of unbiased, research-based gardening information.

Through activities such as Extension helplines, workshops, speaker’s bureaus, garden show booths and demonstration projects, Master Gardeners provide gardening information to thousands of Missourians each year.

For more information or to register contact the MU Extension Office at 417-532-7126 or lacledeco@missouri.edu.  Cost of the program is $175 per person or $250 for couples.  Training fees cover the following:  Grounds for Gardening resource book, Master Gardener Certification, name tag and travel and instruction expenses for class educators.  Registration and partial or full payment must be received prior to Friday, August 31.