Monday, January 4, 2016

2016 Master Gardener Course

The Putnam County Extension office is now taking applications for the 2016 Master Gardener Course.  This course is thirteen weeks long and offered once per year.  The 12 educational classes offered during the course cover a wide range of topics such as: lawn management, soils, annuals and perennials, garden design, vegetable gardening etc.  The classes will be held each Monday evening beginning January 25th and endingApril 4th.  Most classes will be held at the Extension office located at 900 S. Walnut Ave. and will begin at 6:00 p.m. and normally last until 8:30 p.m.  The cost of the course is $125 which covers the cost of the book, speaker expenses and partial refreshments.  Our office hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The course has a maximum number of 30 participants and is a first come registration.
The Extension Master Gardener program is an organized educational outreach program of the University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture and is developed and managed by UT Extension.  Volunteers must take approximately 40 hours of educational horticultural classes and then return 40 hours of volunteer work to the community through their local county Extension office to become certified Master Gardeners.  More information on certifying hours and volunteer work will be available to those entering the course or you may call the Extension office at 931-526-4561 or e-mail jkey3@utk.edu 
All programs are open to anyone regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, religion or veteran status.