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Hernando County Extension Service offers Master Gardener course

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on January 11, 2018

The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/Hernando County Extension Service will be offering an evening course combined with online learning beginning February 15, 2018, to be trained to be a Master Gardener. A mandatory orientation will be held for participants on January 18 at the Extension Service office located at 16110 Aviation Loop Drive in Brooksville. Orientation attendees have until February 1, 2018 to submit a completed application.

This 11-week course will be in a format that is accessible from home, with one three-hour evening class held each week held at the Extension Service office. Designed to allow more participation from those who work, this course is intended for anyone with an interest in gardening, conservation and sensible lawn care for homeowners. It will cover the basics of plant and insect identification, good management practices for lawn care, plant diseases and other related topics.

The function of a Master Gardener is to volunteer their time to provide education to the public by promoting a healthy respect for Florida’s natural resources and to make certain that homeowners are informed about appropriate fertilization and irrigation techniques. Graduates staff a weekly Ask-the-Expert table at Lowe’s located at 4780 Commercial Way in Spring Hill. They also operate a hotline Monday through Friday at the Extension Service office to answer questions from callers. Lastly, the Master Gardeners run a local plant nursery specializing in native and Florida-friendly plants and shrubs.

More information about this course and an opportunity to sign up to attend the orientation are available on Eventbrite at https://hernandomgorientation.eventbrite.com. Please call (352) 754-4433 or email Dr. William Lester, urban horticultural agent, at [email protected] for further information.

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