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Robin Friedman: Join the next class of Master Gardeners
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The Master Gardener Extension volunteers help University of Georgia Cooperative Extension staff transfer research-based information about gardening, horticulture and best practices to the public. Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who gave over 18,000 hours of their time to the public in 2016.

We participate in teaching gardens at Gardens on Green at the Hall County Board of Education, Jubilee Community Farm, the Northeast Georgia History Center Victory Garden, Wilshire Park, Hall County Extension Office, Elachee Nature Center and Linwood Nature Preserve. We work alongside our youth to instill a love of the natural world and to educate the next generation on best gardening practices.

Hall County Master Gardeners share their talents, knowledge and creativity through support and education. We have an enthusiastic, hard working group of volunteers. If you enjoy community stewardship and have always had the desire to expand your horticultural knowledge, then I encourage you to consider becoming a Master Gardener.

To become a member, one must apply with the extension office. Applications will be mailed out in mid-September and classes will start in early January and run through next March.

Once accepted, the Master Gardener volunteer intern receives more than 40 hours of University of Georgia college curriculum, instructional classes taught by county agents and horticulture specialists. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The classes range from topics including basic botany to native plant gardening and pest and disease management. Classes help equip the student to assist with gardening questions when the need arises in the community.

When classes are completed, the Master Gardener intern is required to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours the first year and 25 hours each year afterward to remain active in their Master Gardener certification.

A Master Gardener is first and foremost a volunteer for UGA Cooperative Extension. Whether it is teaching children’s gardening classes, the benefits of integrating native plants and the use of pollinator gardens, or speaking at a symposium, the volunteer opportunities promote gardening education in the community.

Their support of the county extension office through phone, email and office on garden-related topics and maintenance is a vital resource to our office.

For more information about the upcoming 2018 Master Gardener course or to be placed on the list for an application, please call the Hall County Extension office at 770-535-3791 or contact me at robinf@uga.edu.

Robin Lynn Friedman is the Master Gardener coordinator for the Hall County Extension Office. She can be reached at robinf@uga.edu or 770-535-8293.

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