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Chester County Master Gardeners Accepting Applications for the 2017 Class

Posted: January 10, 2017

The Penn State Chester County Master Gardeners are currently accepting applications for the class of 2017. Application deadline is May 15, 2017.

Volunteers are needed for staffing the Hotline, Speaker’s Bureau, disseminating the latest horticultural information at community events, developing fundraiser campaigns, expanding social media presence, creating publications, and partnering with organizations in developing and promoting the understanding of pollinator gardens, native plants, edible gardening and sustainable gardening practices.

Applicants need not be expert gardeners, but should have some familiarity with gardening. A strong commitment to volunteer service is a must. Class size is limited to 25 individuals. Interviews will take place in late June to select the final candidates. Training sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings 6 – 9 pm starting mid-August through early December at the Chester County Government Services Building in West Chester. Additionally, there will be 2 field trips to identify invasive and native plants.

The training program covers botany, plant identification, integrated pest management, plant propagation, native plants, soil science, plant diseases, and other subjects. Upon completion of all classes, Master Gardener candidates must pass a comprehensive closed book final exam with a grade of 85% or better. Within the first year after classroom study, apprentices are required to volunteer 50 hours in the community. At the completion of this volunteer service, trainees receive the official Master Gardener certification.

For more information and to obtain an application please send an email to: exa108@psu.edu with the subject line ‘2017Master Gardener Training’.

Application form for the 2017 Master Gardener class