(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Spring is not too far off and it’s time to begin thinking about gardening. In that vein, Master Gardener training is starting soon under the aspics of the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES).

Training involves participating in a 10-week, four-hour-a-day class that covers trees, lawns, insects, plant health, plant pathology, composting and several other areas, said Alex Malcolm, UW CES educator in the county.

UW CES photo

UW CES photo

The Master Gardener program extends extension’s expertise in the area of horticulture, gardening, and small-scale food production through trained and certified volunteer Master Gardeners, Extension Educators, and Specialists.

Classes begin Friday, March 21, and will be each Friday until May 30. Classes will alternate between Riverton, Lander. UW CES provides the training.

In exchange for training, participants volunteer 40 hours of service within a two-year time period to earn the Master Gardener designation.

The cost of the program is $150 and includes the cost of the book.

“Master Gardeners are asked to spend two hours a week in the extension office during the summer answering phone calls about horticulture, write articles about horticulture, help youngsters with a garden and volunteer at one of the four farmers markets here in Fremont County,” said Malcolm. “Occasionally, Master Gardeners will visit the problem site. If they cannot suggest a solution to the problem, they research the problem until they have a solution to suggest. Other opportunities include consultation of school gardens, teaching and working at a demonstration garden.”

For information about the classes and becoming a Master Gardener or obtaining the assistance of a Master Gardener, call the extension offices in Riverton at (307) 857-3654 and in Lander at   (307) 332-2363.

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