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Become a Chicago Master Gardener

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Mother Nature is Calling, "Get Back to the Earth!"

U of I Extension Master Gardener Classes to Begin January of 2008

Do you have an interest in gardening and a willingness to share your knowledge with others? If so, the Master Gardener program is for you!

Be a part of the 'greening of Chicago'. Extension's Master Gardener adult volunteer program is vital in bringing horticulture information to the public through University of Illinois Extension offices in Chicago and beyond.


Wednesdays, January 16, 2008 through April 2, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences at 3857 West 111th Street and at Garfield Park Conservatory at 300 North Central Park in Chicago.

Instruction is also offered online. Call (773)233-0476 or email Nancy at for information about the online Master Gardener program.


University of Illinois Extension educators provide more than 60 hours of training on botany, vegetables, tree and small fruits, diseases, insects, pesticide safety, soils, fertilizers, pruning, trees, flowers, organic gardening and rain gardens. Students must then pass a final, comprehensive exam. In return for the training, Master Gardeners give back at least 60 hours of volunteer time to the Chicago Master Gardener Program within the year.

A fee of $225 covers the Master Gardener manual and supplemental handouts.

Scholarships are available.

Applications are available for 2008 classes. Class size is limited. Each applicant will be required to go through a short informal interview in December. To apply online go to call 773-233-0476 for an application.

Contact person: Ronald Wolford, Extension Educator, Urban Gardening/Environment, 3807 W. 111th Street, Chicago, IL. 60655,, 773-233-0476.

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