Classes will be held from 5:45 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 5 through Nov. 14 at the Cooperative Extension office at 420 East Main St., Batavia. There will also be a full day of classes on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Each class will focus on a different horticulture topic. Some of the topics include botany, diagnosing plant diseases, entomology, soils & fertilizers, lawn care, herbs, vegetable gardening, weed identification, woody ornamentals, pruning, tree and small fruits, perennials, annuals, integrated pest management and organic gardening.
By attending the Master Gardener training, you will become a more knowledgeable gardener. Anyone interested in learning more about gardening may attend the course.
If you have a passion for volunteering and gardening, this training is the first step to becoming a Genesee County Master Gardener volunteer. Graduates of the program who are Genesee County residents are then eligible to apply to become a volunteer. (Residents of other counties should contact their local Master Gardener program.) A Master Gardener volunteer should have a willingness to give back to the community and help put into practice what they learned during training. Enthusiasm for sharing their gardening skills and knowledge is a must.
Pre-registration by Aug. 24 is required. Class size will be limited. No walk-ins will be allowed.
The fee is $225 per person, which includes all class sessions and materials. The Cornell Master Gardener manual is available on line.
To register, contact Brandie Waite at 585-343-3040, ext. 101; get the mail-in registration form here or stop by the Cooperative Extension office at 420 East Main St., Batavia.