Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County will offer Master Gardener training in the fall.
This training is the first requirement to becoming a Genesee County Master Gardener. A Master Gardener volunteer should have a willingness to give back to the community and help put into practice what they learned at training. Enthusiasm for sharing their skills and knowledge is a must.
If you want to become a Master Gardener in a different county, contact your home county first to see if the Genessee County training will transfer to your county.
The deadline to register is Aug. 26. No walk-ins will be accepted. Class size is limited.
The classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 7 through Nov. 16. There will also be a full day on Saturday, Nov. 5. Classes will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office, 420 East Main St., Batavia.
Each class will focus on a different horticulture topic. Participants will learn about botany, diagnosing plant diseases, entomology, soils & fertilizers, lawn care, herbs, vegetable gardening, weed identification, woody ornamentals, pruning, tree and small fruits, perennials and annuals, nuisance wildlife and organic gardening.
The fee for this horticulture training is $225 per person, which includes all class sessions and materials, as well as the Cornell University Master Gardener Manual on CD.
For an informational brochure or to register, contact Brandie Schultz at 585-343-3040, ext. 101 or stop by the extension office, 420 East Main St., Batavia.