Become a Charles County Master Gardener!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Now might seem like a strange time to think about landscaping around your new home or luxury apartment. The garden is asleep, it’s cold outside, and at some point it may even snow.  But even if it is still too cold to go dig in the dirt, this is the perfect time of year to advance your knowledge of gardening and environmental sustainability, and prepare yourself to share your skills and interests in your community. Become a Master Gardener! Our Charles County, Maryland training class starts February 21, and runs through March 29, from 9a.m.-3p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

To become a Master Gardener Intern, you take 40 hours of classroom training in subjects ranging from ecology and botany, to soils, pest management, and water use.  Each class is taught by an expert in the field, including University of Maryland faculty, local specialists, and Master Gardeners.

After completing the class, you spend 40 hours over the next year in volunteer field work with other Master Gardeners, to receive your certification.  Your work may include anything from helping with staffing a Grow It Eat It exhibit to developing a demonstration garden.

If you are interested in attending a training class, please contact the Charles County Extension office at 301-934-5403.