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Master Gardener class to start again in Kershaw County

Posted: January 6, 2015 5:01 p.m.
Updated: January 7, 2015 6:00 a.m.

The first master gardener training course in several years in Kershaw County is scheduled to begin Jan. 30. The course will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays for a total of 17 weeks. For years, the course was held in Lexington and Sumter and after this year, the course will not be taught in Kershaw County again for at least two years.

“The course is a very good introduction to various facets of gardening,” Patsy Turner, first vice president, said.

Course participants can expect to learn about basic horticultural topics such as soil, turf, basic botany and vegetables.

After completing the course, interns have one year to complete 40 hours of volunteer service in the community to become a certified master gardener – someone intensively trained to answer questions and teach others about gardening. 

Upon completion of the 40 hours, the master gardener will then have the opportunity to help Clemson University give out sound information on horticultural practices, answer questions on horticulture, give speeches and conduct informational classes for the community. 

The course will be $300 per person. However, financial assistance will be provided to any individual who does not have the means to fund the listed cost. 

“We want everyone to have the opportunity to take the course,” Turner said.

The course will be held at the Homemaker building, 634 W. DeKalb St., Camden. 

“It’s a prestigious course and a great adventure,” Turner said. 

Seats are said to go fast so anyone interested is asked not to delay applying.

For more information or to pick up a grant application, call the Clemson Extension office at 425-9071 or stop by. 


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