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Front Page - Friday, December 29, 2017

Master Gardener Training Course begins in January

Registration is open for the 2018 Master Gardener Training Course. Classes run from early January through the end of April and take place at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga extension office, 6183 Adamson Circle.

The Master Gardener Training Course is open to both experienced and beginning gardeners and offers the most current, research-based information available on topics related to home gardening and landscaping. Subjects to be covered in the 15-week course include:

  • Soil and water management
  • Mulch and fertilizers
  • Controlling pests and plant diseases
  • Basic landscaping
  • Vegetable, flower and herb gardening
  • Understanding native plants
  • Attracting wildlife
  • Beekeeping

There are two class options: Monday evenings beginning Jan. 8, 6-9 p.m., and Tuesday mornings beginning Jan. 9, 9 a.m. to noon. Classes meet for 15 consecutive weeks (40 hours) ending with a graduation ceremony in April.

The cost of the course is $170 per person, which includes a comprehensive information handbook and numerous handouts. Couples taking the class and sharing materials may enroll for $270. For questions, contact Tom Stebbins, extension agent, at tstebbins@utk.edu.

Master Gardeners of Hamilton County is a non-profit, educational, volunteer organization. Each year, MGHC presents the ‘Master Your Garden’ Garden Expo at Camp Jordan Arena in April, the Spring Garden Tour in June and an exhibit at the Hamilton County Fair in September.

Among the many on-going landscaping and garden partnerships undertaken by MGHC are: Aquarium Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden; Bonny Oaks Arboretum; Chattanooga Area Food Bank; Chattanooga Zoo; McCoy Farm & Garden; Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center; and Siskin Children’s Garden.

For more information about MGHC activities, visit www.mghc.org.

Source: Master Gardeners of Hamilton County