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Level 2 Master Gardener program begins April 2 for Gallatin County

February 28, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University Extension in Gallatin County will host the Level 2 Master Gardener class starting Wednesday, April 2, running consecutive Wednesdays until May 21 at the Museum of the Rockies.

Class will run from 6-8:30 p.m. Toby Day, MSU horticulture specialist, will be the instructor for this course. Level 2 is an intermediate/advanced gardening course for those with prior knowledge or experience in gardening, or those who have taken the Level 1 Master Gardener 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; tree, shrub and lawn integrated pest management; advanced pruning and woody ornamental care; propagation; and water conservation. Course participants must pass a closed-book exam and satisfy the 30-hour volunteer commitment to receive a certificate of completion.  

The volunteer commitment may include activities such as answering questions at the local farmer's market, assisting garden groups, volunteering at community gardens, donating time and food to the local food banks and pantries, and other horticulture-based volunteer projects. Projects will be discussed in detail in class.  

To sign up for the Gallatin County 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 Gallatin County agriculture agent, (406) 388-3213, emily.lockard@montana.edu.