by Cathy Bylinowski, M.S., Horticulture Instructor, University of Missouri Extension
Becoming an Extension Master Gardener is an exciting process. The training consists of fourteen classes that will cover the basics of everything you need to know to be a successful gardener. We will cover introductions to soil science and plant biology and then dive into the vegetable gardening, ornamental gardening and landscaping, plant diseases, garden insects, and more.
There are also several orientations to help you learn more about the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City chapter.
This year, due to COVID-19 precautions, we are offering the training via Zoom, the online platform that creates our “classroom’ for learning and communicating with one another. The training will last from August 12 to graduation on November 18. If you are able to volunteer, the cost is $200 which covers the cost of a Master Gardener Core manual, a name badge, and other class mailings and supplies.
Most people who go through the training, volunteer during the following year, and become certified Extension Master Gardener Volunteers after participating in a wide range of volunteer opportunities in our region. Extension Master Gardeners help University of Missouri Extension Horticulture Field Specialists share reliable horticulture information with the public through a Gardeners Hotline, Speakers Bureau, the Children’s Program Committee, Demonstration Gardens, and more.
If you are unable to volunteer, you may also take the training for personal enrichment at a cost of $400 for the complete training course.
Please see the flyer for application and registration information or contact Cathy Bylinowski, Horticulture Instructor, firstname.lastname@example.org, University of Missouri Extension, 816-482-5850, for more details. Join us and help others learn to grow!