How to become a Master Gardener

Are you an earth-friendly gardener who enjoys learning and sharing your expertise with others? Become a Carver/Scott County Master Gardener.

Trained and certified by the University of Minnesota, Master Gardeners are volunteers who provide education and information to Carver and Scott County residents. Master Gardeners educate others in many ways. They answer questions on the Master Gardener Yard & Garden Line; staff help desks at farmers markets, garden centers, community events, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and county fairs; and make presentations to adults and children at school and community settings.

The Master Gardener program promotes environmentally sound garden and lawn care practices based on the latest University of Minnesota research.

For more information about the Carver/Scott Master Gardener Program, visit http://carverscottmastergardeners.org. Applications are being accepted through Sept. 28, 2012. The 2013 Master Gardener Core Course will be taught at the MN Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. Training will run from Jan. 11, 2013 to Feb. 2, 2013, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information and to obtain an application, call (952) 466-5309 (Carver County); (952) 492-5390 (Scott County) or e-mail Karen Blaedow at busse038@umn.edu.

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