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Gallatin County Master Gardener level 2 program begins March 25

March 4, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Montana State University Extension in Gallatin County will offer the Level 2 Master Gardener class starting Monday, March 25 and on consecutive Mondays until May 13.

The class will be held from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Rockies. Toby Day, MSU Horticulture Specialist, will be the instructor for this course, which is intended for intermediate to advanced gardeners who have prior knowledge or experience in gardening or for those who have already taken the Level 1 course.

The Level 2 Master Gardener course will teach: The role of Master Gardener in Extension; binomial nomenclature; fertility; plant nutrients; plant growth and development; entomology, plant diseases and abiotic disorders; vegetable and fruit integrated pest management (IPM); tree, shrubs and lawn IPM; advanced pruning and woody ornamental care; propagation; and water conservation.

Following the completion of the Level 2 Master Gardener course, participants are required to pass a closed-book exam and fulfill a volunteer commitment of 30 hours to be certified. 

The cost of the eight-week class is $160. If you need a Montana Master Gardener Handbook, it will cost an additional $45. Included in the cost is a $70 deposit that is refunded upon completion of 30 hours of community volunteer commitment.

The volunteer commitment may include activities such as answering questions at the local farmers' markets, 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. Details of volunteer projects will be discussed in class. 

To sign up for the MSU Extension Master Gardener Level 2 program, call the MSU Extension office in Gallatin County at (406) 388-3213 or visit us at 201 West Madison, Ste. 300, in Belgrade. To learn more about the Montana Master Gardener Program, please visit www.msuextension.org and follow the Yard & Garden link on the left menu to Master Gardener Program. 

Contact: Emily Lockard, MSU Extension Agriculture Agent in Gallatin County, emily.lockard@montana.edu or (406) 388-3213.