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Level 2 Master Gardener Program for Gallatin County begins March 17

February 27, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University Extension in Gallatin County will host the Level 2 Master Gardener class starting March 17, running consecutive Tuesdays until May 5, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Rockies.

Toby Day, MSU horticulture specialist, will be the instructor. Level 2 is an intermediate/advanced gardening course for those who have prior knowledge or experience in gardening, or 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 (IPM); tree, shrub and lawn IPM; advanced pruning and woody ornamental care; propagation; and water conservation.

There are two options for this class. The certification track and the non-certification track. The certification track costs $160 and requires passing an open book test and completing 30 hours of community volunteer commitment by May 1, 2016. If you do not meet the volunteer commitment, you will be charged an additional $70. The non-certification track costs $230 and participants do not need to take a test or complete volunteer hours, but they will not be considered certified Montana Master Gardeners.     

The volunteer commitment may include local activities such as answering questions at the farmer's market, assisting garden groups or community gardens, donating time and food to the 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 beginning Tuesday, March 17, 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 www.msuextension.org and follow the Yard & Garden link on the left menu to Master Gardener Program. 

Contact: Emily Lockard, emily.lockard@montana.edu, (406) 388-3213.