Master Gardeners seek public input, new members


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The Logan County Master Gardeners are in the planning stage of educational programs and offerings for 2019 and have put together a short survey to gauge community interest in a variety of gardening, landscaping and horticultural topics.

The survey is available on the Logan County Master Gardeners Facebook page. In exchange for completing the survey, community members will be entered to win a $25 Chamber Choice Check to be used at a qualifying local member business of their choosing.

Survey respondents can sign up to receive information about becoming a Master Gardener as well as request notification of when educational programs are available in Logan and surrounding counties.

The OSU Extension Master Gardener Program is a statewide network that contains local chapters that focus on horticultural education and community building through a variety of methods and opportunities. The formal Master Gardener training provides a balanced, integrated and practical course in plant science. The following are core topics that are part of the training program in every county: Basic Botany, Plant Physiology, Soils and Soil Fertility, Basic Entomology, Basic Plant Pathology, Plant Disease Diagnosis, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Pesticide Use and Safety, Plant Identification, Home Lawn Care, Annuals, Perennials, Trees and Shrubs, Home Vegetable Production, Home Fruit Production, Backyard Wildlife Management, Organic Gardening, and Herbs.

The training course consists of a minimum of 50 hours of instruction, led by OSU Instructors, Extension Specialists, Extension Associates, experienced Master Gardeners, and other experts. Upon completing the formal training, Master Gardener Interns are required to complete 50 hours of volunteer service during the first year to become a certified Master Gardener. They can continue membership and service by volunteering a minimum of 20 hours and completing 10 hours of advanced continuing education during subsequent years.

Contact the Logan County OSU Extension Office for info about programs and services to the community. Master Gardeners are available for presentations, programs and information sharing that local groups, companies, or organizations might like to know more about.

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Submitted by Logan County Master Gardeners.

Submitted by Logan County Master Gardeners.