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Master Gardener classes available

If you like the feel of dirt between your fingers, the fragrance of flowers or the taste of homegrown tomatoes these classes are for you. To that end, any adult with a hankering to garden, or learn how to, is cordially invited and encouraged to participate in the Master Gardener Training Course Sept. 14 through Oct. 19. No previous training or gardening experience is required.

Essentially, the Master Gardener program is about education, community service and fun with a group of people who share a passion for the plant world in its many forms. In return for education and training Master Gardeners volunteer to educate the public on sound horticultural practices and work to enhance the community through horticultural endeavors.

The many groups and individual projects to improve and beautify the community can be seen throughout the community.

Some of these projects include working with The Pantry, Veterans Memorial Park, and the Community Garden. Lafayette County Master Gardeners also work on individual projects at the Chamber of Commerce, the public library, the Powerhouse to name a few.

There are many educational programs that this organization produces and sponsors, from monthly programs at the Extension Office, the library, and every Thursday for month of April the spring lecture series in partnership with the University Museum.

Mississippi State University professors and horticulture professionals will conduct classes. Participants will learn about caring for lawns, growing vegetables, flowers and ornamentals, trees, plant pests, and identifying weeds.

Those interested in applying can request an application by calling the Lafayette County Extension Service at 662-234-4451. Classes will be held from Sept. 14 – Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The fee of $100 covers the cost of all training materials. The application deadline is Sept. 7.