Master Gardener program offers hybrid training | Garden & Landscape
URBANA – For 46 years, Master Gardeners at the University of Illinois Extension have measured the success of planted gardens, identified insects, harvested produce, and the millions of hours volunteers have accumulated helping others to learn to grow.
From farms and small towns to suburbs and downtown, more than 2,600 volunteers statewide have put their mission of “helping others learn to grow” into practice by providing gardening education and outreach. in their communities. Take your love of gardening to the next level by joining the Master Gardeners in 2022.
The Hybrid Master Gardener training with live sessions will start on February 15th. Participants will study online each week, then attend a weekly live webinar session on Tuesday morning for 12 weeks.
“Our hybrid training is a great opportunity for people who need more flexibility to participate,” said Candice Hart, state master gardener specialist. “The online portion of this hybrid model provides more flexibility for interns to learn at their own pace each week and also participate in weekly interactive live webinars with their fellow interns. “
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The training includes videos, a master gardener’s manual, reading materials and quizzes. Participants will join online or in person on Tuesdays depending on local regulations. A strong internet connection is highly recommended.
This course aims to expose participants to in-depth horticultural content through modules including soils and fertilizers, plant diseases, entomology, pest management, organic gardening and more. For more information on the course, visit extension.illinois.edu/mg/devenir-maître-jardinier .
Registration closes February 1. Local charges apply. Contact Master Gardener Program Coordinator Jenny Lee for more information on training opportunities for Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby counties at 217-345-7034.
After receiving training, volunteers participate in education programs in their communities. These opportunities may include speaking in garden clubs, civic groups or schools; answer calls or e-mails from garden help desks; establish demonstration gardens which serve as educational tools; and educate citizens on how to establish community gardens.