Upper Shore Master Gardener Programs to hold Basic Training

The Upper Shore Master Gardener Programs will hold a nine-week basic training course starting on Thursday, February 20 at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center on the Chesapeake College Campus in Queenstown. This program is intended to train Master Gardeners as volunteer representatives for the University of Maryland Extension to provide public education. Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Thursday until April 23. This class in held in conjunction with the University of Maryland Extension in Dorchester, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, and Kent counties.

This well-rounded 40+ hour course includes classes on ecology, botany, soils, plant diseases, insects – both pests and beneficial, weeds, and much more. This program emphasizes community involvement and outreach as well as environmental stewardship. A $200 fee is charged to cover all costs including the Maryland Master Gardener Handbook. This University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener volunteer training program is open to the public, 18 years of age and older and payment assistance is available based on need. Participants may register using https://midshoremastergardenerbasictraining.eventbrite.com, however, additional fees may apply.

The University of Maryland Master Gardener vision is a healthier world through environmental stewardship. In keeping with this vision, University of Maryland Extension Master Gardeners volunteers work on a variety of projects in cooperation with local schools, help maintain various public gardens, volunteer at local senior centers and assisted living facilities working with therapeutic gardens and hands-on gardening programs, provide community education through free workshops and classes open to local residents, visit home and public gardens as part of the Bay-Wise certification program…and much more.

For further information on the program, visit http://extension.umd.edu/mg or look for on Facebook under “Talbot County Master Gardeners.”

For Queen Anne’s & Kent Counties contact: Rachel J. Rhodes, Master Gardener Coordinator at (410) 758-0166 or by email at rjrhodes@umd.edu.

For Talbot County: Mikaela Boley, Master Gardener Coordinator (410) 822-1244 or by email at mboley@umd.edu.

For Dorchester County: Emily Zobel, Master Gardener Coordinator (410) 228-8800 or by email at ezobel@umd.edu.

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