Master Gardener Program - Waterford

Date: January 22, 2015 - April 30, 2015
Time: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Location: Oakland County Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328
Contact: Linda Smith, 248-858-0887, smithlin@oakgov.com

Access to World Class Gardening Knowledge. The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program connects gardeners across the state to MSU‘s faculty and resources. Participants have access to information generated at one of the nation’s top plant science teaching and research universities and the chance to use this knowledge to improve their communities and enrich their lives.

Master Gardener volunteers start by completing a 13-session practical curriculum ground in university research. This training consists of approximately 45 hours of training with classes on plant science, soil science, integrated pest management, diagnostics, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, lawns, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits, household and nuisance pests and gardening practices to protect water quality. Participants must commit to attend all the training sessions and complete all quizzes and the final (open book) exam with an overall score of at least 80%. Missed classes (up to two) may be made up in other locations or through viewing approved recorded sessions.

An Opportunity to Serve.  After completing the training, Master Gardener trainees must complete 40 hours of horticulture-related service within one year to earn their Master Gardener certification. Through these volunteer activities educating others, trainees extend their classroom knowledge to their community. Examples of volunteer projects and service may include:  

  • Working with students to design an elementary school garden.
  • Creating a horticulture therapy program at a senior center.
  • Helping a neighborhood association create an urban garden.
  • Staffing plant clinics.
  • Designing and caring for gardens at senior centers, parks and other public sites.
  • Teaching others how to garden.
  • Establishing vegetable gardens to meet local nutritional needs.
  • Sharing environmentally-friendly gardening practices at community events.
  • Beautifying community sites for special events or community activities that attract local residents and tourists.

Please visit the Master Gardener Program - Waterford registration page for more information.

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