Master Gardener Program will be starting

   The Master Gardener Program was first started by the Washington State Cooperative Extension Service in 1971. It grew out of a need to meet an enormous increase in requests from home gardeners for horticultural information. Master Gardeners have become a vital part of Extension’s ability to provide consumers with up-to-date reliable information. Master Gardening has also given its participants a sense of community spirit, accomplishment, and intellectual stimulation.

   Extension staff and State Extension Specialists teach a series of classes to train volunteers in research-based home horticulture practices. Master Gardener is a three level program. Level 1 Extension Master Gardener course will teach basic yard and garden installation and maintenance. Level 2 is an advanced Master Gardener course for those who have prior gardening knowledge and/or experience. The Level 3 Master Gardener course will be an intensive three day, hands-on training on the Montana State University campus.

   Level 1 Master Gardener will be starting up in Fallon County this year. In the Level 1 Master Gardener course you will learn Introduction to MSU Extension and the Master Gardener Program, Soils and Fertility, Plant Growth and Development, Vegetable Gardening and Landscaping, Flowers, Trees, Shrubs, Vines and Pruning, Lawns and Irrigation, Composting, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

   To register, the full course schedule, and for more information contact your Extension Office at 406-778-7110 or contact Elin at 406-852-3693.