KENNEWICK -- If you have an interest in gardening, enjoy working with people and can spare a couple of hours a week during the growing season, consider becoming a Washington State University Extension Master Gardener.
Master Gardener volunteers will begin training Jan. 18.
They will learn about botany, insects, plant diseases, vegetable gardening, lawn care, landscape maintenance, tree planting, pest management, grape growing and more.
Training can be done mainly online by listening to video lectures, either at home or at the Kennewick Extension office.
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Online training is supplemented with weekly, daytime, face-to-face sessions that include special lectures, presentations on specialty gardening topics and hands-on learning activities.
This year, up to five people who cannot attend the daytime sessions will be allowed to become Master Gardeners.
Master Gardener training sessions run 16 weeks and are followed by an exam. Those who pass and complete 50 hours of volunteer service by answering phone calls, doing demonstrations and otherwise helping to promote gardening will become a certified WSU Master Gardener.
Cost of the training is $70 plus a $50 deposit, which is returned once the training and 50 volunteer hours are completed.
For more information, or to apply to become a Master Gardener, call Marianne Ophardt at 735-3551.
Applications are due Jan 14.