Master Gardener Basic Training: Susquehanna County

Do you have an interest in gardening, a willingness to learn more, and a strong desire to help others? Join us to begin your path to become a Penn State Master Gardener!

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Oct 5, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Penn State Extension Office, 88 Chenango Street, Montrose, PA

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Penn State Extension in Susquehanna County will be offering the Penn State Master Gardener Training this fall in Montrose at their 88 Chenango Street office. The training will be held each Thursday evening from 6:00-8:30 pm beginning October 5 and continuing through March 8.

To become a Master Gardener, you need a keen interest in gardening, a willingness to learn more, and a strong desire to share your knowledge with others. To become certified as a Penn State Master Gardener, you must complete a minimum of 36 hours of training, score at least 80 percent on the final exam, and fulfill 50 hours of volunteer service in your first year of service.

A few of the topics you will learn are: Botany, Plant Propagation and Pathology, Soils, Entomology, Native Plants, IPM, Turfgrass, Vegetables, Plant ID and Diagnostics, Small Fruits, Herbaceous & Woody Plants, Pruning, Vegetable Gardening, Weeds, and Indoor Plants. The training will be held via Zoom with educators across the state. You will have access to these sessions and at each training at the Extension office there will be hands on activities for learning.

The cost of the training is $200. Upon completion of the training and the 50 volunteer hour requirement, the apprentice will be refunded $60.00 of their initial $200.00 tuition fee!

Currently, there are 42 Master Gardeners in Susquehanna County delivering educational programs to the community through gardening classes, a helpline service and demonstration gardens. So, come and take part in the training and join this fun, educational group of gardeners!

The Penn State Master Gardener program is a statewide program that is administered at the county level. Recruitment, training, and volunteer service occur at the county level of Penn State Extension. If you are interested, applications are available by contacting the Penn State Extension office by emailing or calling the office at 570-278-1158. We will need your name, address, phone and email. We are compiling a list of interested candidates, as we have a capacity of 10 trainees for our location. We will send applications, review them and set up interviews in September.

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