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Prospective Master Gardeners begin internships

Published: Saturday, April 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Master Gardener training for Boone, DeKalb, Ogle and Kane counties was recently completed and 17 new Master Gardener interns are starting their volunteer internship.

Master Gardener training is held annually at rotating locations around the state. Training is 60 hours of classroom study with University of Illinois Extension Educators on subjects including botany, soils and fertilizers, trees and shrubs, vegetables, insects and plant diseases.

After passing the classroom training, the internship is 60 hours of volunteering at Master Gardener projects such as the horticulture help desk, Sycamore History Museum gardening workshops, DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center therapeutic horticulture and display gardens, and the garden walk and plant sale. These projects are conducted with the Master Gardener motto, “Helping Others Learn to Grow,” in mind.

The horticulture help desk will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting April 15. Garden workshops will begin at 10 a.m. May 8 at the Sycamore History Museum with Extension Horticulture Educator Candice Miller introducing sustainable landscaping. The garden walk and plant sale is July 13. For more information about Master Gardener projects or training contact Bethany Macarus, extension program coordinator, at 815-758-8194.

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