People from any county may attend and students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
These classes provide participants with basic training in a variety of horticultural subjects using class lectures, group discussion questions, quizzes and hands-on activities in the CCE greenhouse and grounds.
There are 18 Saturday classes. See the topics for each class and lab here.
All classes will be held at the CCE Lockport office in the Large Meeting Room of the 4-H Training Center or in the Memorial Room of the Administration Building; both buildings are located at 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport, NY, 14094. Field trips will be held at local parks.
The cost for the entire course is $280; this does not include the cost of the textbook. The required textbook will be available for purchase at the CCE office in Lockport.
Class topics will include soils and fertilizers, tree identification, plant propagation, diagnosing plant problems, annual and perennial flowers, vegetable gardening, pruning, organic gardening, entomology, plant pathology, backyard fruit growing, honeybees and their importance to gardening, and more. A complete syllabus with the order of topics, directions for obtaining the required textbooks, assigned readings, discussion questions, etc. will be e-mailed to participants in October.
After completing the training and passing an examination, class participants become Master Gardeners. They then have the option of becoming Certified Master Gardeners by volunteering 40 hours of time to the program. Opportunities include helping in the office, in the greenhouse, at public events like the Niagara County Fair or garden walks, or by participating in other gardening/horticulture opportunities that arise.
Learn more about the program by checking out these frequently asked questions.
For more information or to register, please contact Dr. Sandra Lee Graczyk, Certified Master Gardener and course host, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 716-834-5368. You may phone anytime between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. seven days a week.
Green thumb photo is from Sarah Williams. Gardener photo is from Microsoft.