Registration is now open for the 2018 Master Gardener course offered by Tillamook’s Oregon State University Extension Service.
Starting on January 11, Oregon State University faculty and local experts will offer weekly sessions on all aspects of gardening on the Oregon Coast.
The 12-week course will cover soils, propagation, pruning, landscape and garden planning and design, suitable plants for coastal gardening and landscaping, pest and disease control, weed management, orchards, raised beds and other topics of interest to local gardeners.
Students will experience a variety of hands-on and interactive training, including greenhouse techniques.
The program also requires 60 hours of community service work in the first year of training, including advising the public during Master Gardener office hours.
“By taking the Master Gardener classes, and in helping others, our Master Gardener apprentices develop their own expertise and abilities to better serve the community,” said OSU Extension Agent Joy Jones. “This is a great way to help yourself and others enjoy their gardens using current scientific knowledge.”
Tuition is $120 and includes the comprehensive “Sustainable Gardening” book, as well as access to a wide range of printed and online resources, and experienced professional instructors. People who do not have the time or desire to volunteer can take the training for a fee of $240 and receive a certificate of horticulture.
For more information or to enroll, call the Extension Service office at 503-842-3433 or drop by the office at 4506 Third Street.
Registration information can also be found at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/tillamook/what-master-gardener-program.
Spring into action
The Master Gardener Program is also on offer in Newport through the OSU Lincoln County Extension.
Running from January through March, the program allows participants to study with like-minded folks who have a desire to learn and are passionate about gardening.
Classes are held from 9 am to 4 pm on Tuesdays beginning January 9 at the Newport campus of Oregon Coast Community College, 400 SE College Way.
Registration deadline is Monday, Dec. 18.
To register, call 541-574-6534 or go to http://bit.ly/LincolnMGCert2018