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Master Gardener class now enrolling new members

Posted: June 22, 2017 5:14 p.m.
Updated: June 23, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Ever thought about becoming a Master Gardener? 

Registration is now underway for the Clemson Extension Master Gardener class, to be held on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Aug. 17 through Dec. 7. The cost is $300 per person. The fee includes materials and a one-year membership in the Kershaw County Master GarMaster Gardeners Association (KCMGA). Scholarships may be available for individuals who need financial assistance.

The Master Gardener program is open to all adults regardless of gardening experience.

Following completion of the course, members are expected to give 40 hours of educational service in order to become certified as a master gardener. Community service may include a wide array of activities including a memorial garden, manning the Master Gardener office or Ask a Master Gardener table and answering questions at the annual plant sale. Additional hours of service are required annually to maintain certification and includes the course workbook.

Although most members are graduates of the Master Gardener program course taught by the extension service, the group welcomes certified master gardeners from other states.

The KCMGA holds regular meetings at the Homemaker Building on Church Street in Camden. Meetings provide an opportunity for fellowship and feature educational topics led by guest speakers. Business matters are discussed and refreshments are provided by members.

The primary mission of the KCMGA is educational. The group shares knowledge about horticulture through lectures, home visits, demonstrations and other projects. Master Gardeners provide volunteer leadership and service to their communities in gardening activities. This service consists of such things as answering gardening questions, conducting plant clinics, beautifying the community and other activities that promote gardening.

KCMGA members’ service ranges from beautification projects to environmental education projects.

KCMGA members operate a memorial garden which is mapped out so visitors can learn the names of the various plants in the garden. Members have also helped establish gardens at Kershaw County Library branches, various schools and other locations in Kershaw County.

The community is invited to ask gardening questions and obtain fact sheets and other materials for the garden. Master Gardeners are available in the Master Gardener office of the Clemson Extension on Tuesdays and Thursdays to answer gardening questions.

For more information, please visit www.clemson.edu/extension/mg/about/index.html.

For enrollment information, contact Gila Holland: ghollan@clemson.edu,, (803) 432-9071.

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