The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 4, 2013

Certification class planned for Master Gardeners

— West Virginia University Extension Service and the New River Master Gardener Association announce the 2013 Certification Class Schedule. Experts from all over West Virginia will provide the best education available.

Master Gardeners are the experts bringing beauty and the latest growing techniques to the community. In exchange for 30 hours of indoor and outdoor instruction, candidates must donate 30 hours of volunteer service to their communities. Master Gardener projects include the herb garden at Tamarack, the veterans memorial in Summersville and the beautification of Fayette County Park.

Volunteer activities by Master Gardeners include teaching youth about basic gardening, developing educational workshops, aiding civic groups in planning public gardens, or conducting tours of champion trees.

Classes will be Tuesday afternoons beginning Aug. 27 and ending Nov. 5. Class certificates will be awarded at a banquet Nov. 21. The class will include field trips so students get a real hands-on experience in the latest gardening techniques, including visits working high tunnels, a farmer’s market, an herb garden, as well as a tour of the Champion Trees. Carpools will get students to all class locations.

The cost of becoming a Certified Master Gardener is less than $100. Orientation is scheduled at 1 p.m. Aug. 20 in the conference room at Carter Hall on the campus of the University of Charleston - Beckley.

For more information, contact the West Virginia University Extension office in your county, visit our website at Nicholas., or call Bette O’Steen, president of the New River Master Gardener Association, at 304-846-2754 or e-mail newriver