Montana State University

Master Gardener class to begin Feb. 2

January 7, 2010 -- By MSU News Service

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Montana State University Extension will offer Level 1 Master Gardener classes starting Tue., Feb. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hager Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockies. The Level 1 Master Gardener classes are designed as beginner to intermediate yard and garden classes for those who want to learn how to garden or want to brush up on their yard and garden skills.

The Level 1 Master Gardener class is an eight-week course that will cover subjects including soils, fertility, plant growth and development, growing flowers and food in your garden, lawn care, irrigation, pest management, composting, and proper tree, shrub, and vine planting and care.

The cost of the Master Gardener class is $155 with $70 being refunded after fulfilling a 20-hour volunteer commitment. The class fee covers the cost of a textbook, the Montana Master Gardener Handbook, and other handouts provided throughout the course.

The 20-hour volunteer commitment may include answering horticulture questions for the Extension office, at fairs, or at farmers' markets, writing articles, teaching classes or designing, installing and maintaining community gardens throughout the county. More about the volunteer commitment will be discussed the first day of class.

To enroll in the Master Gardener Level 1 class contact the Gallatin County MSU Extension office at 201 W. Madison in Belgrade or call 388-3213. If you would like to learn more about the Master Gardener Program for Montana log onto and follow the link to Master Gardener. If you have any questions about the Gallatin County Master Gardener Level 1 classes contact the instructor, Toby Day, MSU Extension horticulture specialist at or call 994-6523.

Contact: Toby Day (406) 994-6523