2018 University of Illinois Master Gardener Training Taking Registration

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS — University of Illinois Extension will be offering the Illinois Master Gardener Program beginning January 23, 2018 through April 3, 2018. The program will be offered in Extension Unit 23 which includes Bond, Clinton, Marion, Jefferson and Washington Counties. This program is offered only one time per year and many area gardeners are anticipating the new sessions. Fall is an ideal time to plan for and register for the upcoming program to guarantee placement.

This program does not require a college degree or years of experience. All you need is a sincere desire to learn and share information about gardening, and be willing to devote time to volunteering in your community and participate in on-going training.

Participants will receive classroom training for an 11-week period beginning Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The weekly classes will cover a wide assortment of topics. By the end of the program participants will have a broad knowledge of many horticulture topics that can be applied in many ways through University of Illinois Extension.

• January 23 Orientation and Botany
• January 30 Insects
• February 6 Vegetables
• February 13 Soils
• February 20 Wildlife and Organic Gardening and Composting
• February 27 Lawns
• March 6 Diseases and Diagnosis
• March 13 Trees, Shrubs and Vines,
• March 20 Annuals/Perennials
• March 27 Fruits
• April 3 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Graduation

The program includes a textbook that covers all sessions plus a whole lot more. Students say they refer to this book regularly throughout the year because it makes a great reference book with quality research based information.

Applications and interviews will need to be completed by January 12 to ensure that delivery of books and supporting materials arrive in time for first class. Session locations will vary.

For program fees and other information, please call your local U of I Extension Office in Clinton County at 618-526-4551, Jefferson County at 618-242-0780, Marion County at 618-548-1446, or Washington County at 618-327-8881.