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WVU Extension offering online Master Gardener class

The WVU Extension Virtual Master Gardener class will begin Aug. 20 and will run every Thursday starting at 6 p.m. till Nov. 19. This new format follows COVID-19 guidelines and is available to all West Virginia residents. Sessions will be recorded and available for review at your convenience.

The Master Gardener program is 40 hours of training where you’ll learn about a variety of things including: botany, plant propagation, entomology, pesticides and pest management, plant disease, soil and fertilizers, turfgrass management, vegetable gardening, gardening equipment, tree fruits, small fruit, pruning, landscape design, woody ornamentals, indoor plants, herbaceous plants, garden animals and teaching methods.

After you complete the program and receive your certification, get out and help others grow while you continue to grow your knowledge! Each year, a WVU Extension Master Gardener must complete 20 volunteer hours and 10 additional hours of horticulture training. Opportunities to volunteer are numerous. The Randolph Tucker Master Gardener Association meets monthly and holds volunteer and continuing education opportunities.

The cost of the program includes online sessions and a manual which is available in a printed binder or in a digital (thumb drive) format. You can view a schedule by visiting https://extension.wvu.edu/lawn-gardening-pests/news/2020/07/17/become-an-extension-master-gardener-this-fall.

All participants must complete the WVU Vetting process.

Any certified Master Gardeners are invited to view class sessions free of charge but must complete registration forms to receive credit for education hours.

If you are interested in registering for the August class, call your local Extension Office: Randolph County at 304-636-2455, Tucker County at 304-478-2949, Barbour Coounty at 304-457-3254 and Upshur County at 304-473-4208. Please register by Aug. 14. Registration forms will be sent via email unless requested otherwise.

The payment for the class manual should be mailed to: Randolph/Tucker Master Gardener Association, 32 Randolph Ave, Suite 102, Elkins, WV 26241.

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