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Gallatin County MSU Extension Level 1 Master Gardener program begins January 14

January 7, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Montana State University Extension in Gallatin County will host the Level 1 Master Gardener class from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Rockies on Mondays, from Jan. 14 through March 4.

Toby Day, MSU horticulture specialist, will be the instructor for this course. The Level 1 Master Gardener class is intended for beginner to intermediate gardeners who want to be more successful in vegetable or flower gardening and to better understand yard and garden maintenance.

Topics covered in the Level 1 Master Gardener Program include: an introduction to Montana State University Extension and the Master Gardener Program, soils and fertility, plant growth and development, flower and vegetable gardening, planting and maintaining trees and shrubs; an introduction to proper pruning and maintaining lawns; and an introduction to integrated pest management. Course participants must pass an open book exam and satisfy the 20-hour volunteer commitment to receive a certificate of completion and a Montana Master Gardener t-shirt and pin.

The cost of the eight-week class is $180, which includes the Montana Master Gardener Handbook and other materials. Included in the cost is a $70 deposit that is refunded upon completion of 20 hours of community volunteer commitment. The volunteer commitment may include activities such as answering questions at the local farmer's market, assisting local garden groups, volunteering at local community gardens, donating time and food to the local food banks and pantries, and other horticulture-based volunteer projects. Projects will be discussed in more detail in class.

To sign up for the Gallatin County MSU Extension Master Gardener Level 1 program beginning Monday, January 14, call the Gallatin County MSU Extension office at (406) 388-3213 or visit us at 201 West Madison, Ste. 300, in Belgrade.

If you would like to learn more about the Montana Master Gardener Program please visit: and follow the Yard & Garden link on the left menu to Master Gardener Program.

Contact: Crystal Beckman, MSU Extension Gallatin County Natural Resource Agent,, (406) 388-3213