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Gardening classes offered this month

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Novice and experienced gardeners have an opportunity to hone gardening skills, share personal experience and meet folks of similar interest through the Florida Master Gardener program.  Classes for 2012 Florida Master Gardener training will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 7 and will meet each Tuesday for eight consecutive weeks from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Levy Agricultural Center in Bronson, 625 North Hathaway Avenue, Alt. 27.
Training will include classroom lecture as well as hands on field teaching labs and field trips.  Topics include basic principles in plant science, 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, vegetable and fruit gardening (organic and traditional). Instruction provided by University of Florida Extension Faculty and specialists.
Non – refundable $25 fee due on the first day of class. Class material is applicable to soil and climate conditions found in the Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties. Participants will be provided reference, texts and other materials. A limited number of scholarships are available.
The Florida Master Gardener program is administered through the University of Florida.  Florida Master Gardener is a title awarded exclusively to individuals who complete this training and provide fifty (50) hours volunteer service to the Nature Coast Master Gardener (NCMG) tri-county program. Volunteer hours are fulfilled in many ways such as assisting in plant clinics, assisting homeowners as a Florida Yard Advisor, working with clientele at fairs and expositions, responding to homeowner inquiries at the extension office, working with 4-H and other youth programs, assisting with NCMG website, maintaining Discovery Garden, Bronson, to name a few.
If interested in serving as a Florida Master Gardener, send a self-addressed stamped envelope (with $.90 postage) to PO Box 219, Bronson FL. 32621. Include your name, mailing address including zip code, telephone number. Applications may be printed from our website, www.ncmgfl.org, or picked up at the Levy County Extension office, 625 N Hathaway Avenue, Bronson, 32621. Questions, call Barbara Edmonds (352) 486-5131.  Registration deadline is 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.