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If you like gardening, like talking about gardening, want to learn more about gardening in Florida and also to help others plan and grow great gardens, then you might want to consider signing up for the Florida Master Gardener program.
The Nature Coast Master Gardener Program, sponsored by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Cooperative Extension Service and Levy County Board of County Commissioners, is an exciting, informative, informal program for individuals who enjoy learning, sharing knowledge and helping others.
The program’s mission is “To train a core of volunteers to assist the county agent in delivering information to residents on how to design, plant and care for their plants and landscapes in a Florida-friendly way.” Classes involve discussion, knowledge sharing, field trips and much camaraderie.
Instructors Barbara Edmonds and Anthony Drew, UF Extension faculty and specialists create a comfortable learning environment for experienced and novice gardeners.
The topics, specific to North Florida, are plant science principles, plant pest control (disease, weeds and insects), soil fertility and water use among others. Examples of applied skills and knowledge covered are plant propagation, plant problem diagnosis, Florida-friendly landscape design and vegetable and fruit gardening (organic and traditional).
MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM
WHO: Gardeners, novice and experienced
WHERE: Levy County Extension Office, 625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson
WHEN: Tuesdays, Feb. 4-March 25, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
TO ENROLL: Call Barbara Edmonds 352-486-5132, or download the application from levy.ifas.ufl.edu, click on Master Gardener. For a mail application, Send a self-addressed, envelope with 86 cents in postage and your name, address and ZIP code on it and a phone number to: NCMG Advisory Board, PO Box 219, Bronson, FL 32621, or pick up an application at the Levy County Extension Office.
FEES: $35, non-refundable, due the first day of class
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Jan. 10