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Master Gardeners recruiting new members

DeKalb County Master Gardeners are recruiting garden lovers to join their organization. The group could grow their community impact with more volunteers.

“More volunteers means more helping hands and would be a source of more ideas that can lead to the development of new or more extensive projects of value to the community,” Master Gardener Janice Weber said in a news release.

The DeKalb Master Gardeners serve the community by providing information about gardening and horticulture to the community through its programs and answering questions. They also beautify the community.

Weber has been a Master Gardener for more than 10 years. She had various reasons for becoming a Master Gardener.

“I wanted to broaden my knowledge of gardening and horticulture. It sounded very appealing to receive classroom training from University of Illinois instructors,” Weber said in the news release. “I pursued this right after I retired as a way of getting involved in a community activity, where I could also meet new people.”

Master Gardeners don’t only learn a lot about gardening, there are other benefits to becoming a Master Gardener.

“I entered the program enthusiastic about learning, but am happiest about my experiences with the wonderful people I have met,” Weber said. “Our group comes with diverse backgrounds. Careers or lack of careers, professional achievements, or levels of education are of no consequence when you are with people sharing their excitement about new compost or about the temperature of the soil in the spring. Our common love of gardening is a great leveler.”

To become a Master Gardener, contact the DeKalb County Extension office to start the application process. Applicants must complete the process by Dec. 14.

DeKalb County in-person training in 2013 will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays from Jan. 7 through April 1. The training fee is $175 (in-person) or $250 for the online option.

For more information, call Bethany Macarus at 815-758-8194, visit or stop by the Extension office in the DeKalb County Farm Bureau building, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore.


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