The Lawrence County Extension recently announced open registration for the 2019 Alabama Master Gardener Program. 

The Extension Office hopes to recruit 15 individuals for the program by September, County Extension Coordinator Donna Shanklin said.

Participants must be at least 16-years-old and ready to commit to 13 weeks for the program to become an Alabama Master Gardener, she added.

The program provided and administered by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is an educational program to train and certify individuals who will volunteer their expertise and time in support of the Cooperative Extension effort to foster horticultural science and best practices in local communities, Shanklin said. 

Typical sessions in the 13-week course include integrated pest management, plant selection, soils, insect identification, plant disease management and more. Taylor Reeder, the Regional Agent in Home and Grounds, will coordinate the program.

Registration costs $150 per participant and includes all study materials, including a Master Gardner book valued at over $40.00. Participants must also complete an application and submit to a background check, Shanklin said.

“Plans are to have the class start in September and run thru mid-November – if we get 15 paid students,” she said. 

For more information, call the Lawrence County Extension Office at 256-974-2464. 


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