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Become a Master Gardener!

Posted by Candice Hart - Programs

Ever think about becoming a Master Gardener? If not, then you should! Master Gardeners are a great group of people and I thoroughly enjoy working with them and providing them education!

Master Gardeners are members of the local community who are interested in gardening and the environment. They participate in an extensive training program and commit to completing a certain number of volunteer hours on horticulture-related community projects each year. They are organized by their local Extension unit.

There are multiple counties offering training in Northwestern Illinois this year.

This year's face-to-face training will take place on Wednesdays, beginning January 15 through April 2, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Boone County Extension office in Belvidere, IL.

Training is also available in 2014 in Lee County. Training classes will be held at Sauk Valley Community College (173 IL Rt. 2, Dixon, IL) beginning January 17th, 2014.Classes will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Friday through April 4. For more information visit their website at or call 815-835-2070.

Training will also be held in 2014 in Stephenson County. Training classes will be held at Highland Community College Student Conference Center, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL. Classes will be on Tuesdays, January 14 through April 1, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information visit their website at call 815-235-4125.

The cost for the Master Gardener training in Boone, Lee, or Stephenson is $175 and includes a comprehensive horticulture textbook. Online options are also available.

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