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Master gardener registration now open

From Staff Reports
Master Gardener

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service has announced registration for the 2021 Master Gardener Online Training Course is open. This is a comprehensive horticulture education program that encompasses 40 hours of training.

New master gardeners are expected to return 40 hours of volunteer service in exchange for the education. Area projects include the Popeye Garden in Alma, the Drennen-Scott Historic House garden and Hebe Fountain in Van Buren, the Clayton House, Miss Laura’s Visitor Center, the Officer’s Garden at the Fort Smith Historic Site, Nancy Orr Healing Garden at Baptist Health Hospital in Fort Smith and the Learning Fields at Chaffee Crossing.

The annual Arkansas River Valley Lawn and Garden Show, held for more than two decades, is another major project. Volunteering with master gardeners is a way to give back to the community, make lifelong friends, and gives one an immense sense of satisfaction, a news release states.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in gardening has spiked, the release adds. People are learning to grow their own fruits and vegetables as a way to save money, supplement their children’s education or enhance their mental well-being. Many gardeners will enjoy building upon their interest by taking the online class.

Visit uaex.edu/yard-garden/master-gardeners to download an application or call a local extension office. Residents of Sebastian and Crawford counties may contact the Sebastian County Extension Office at (479) 484-7737. Applicants from other counties should contact their local extension office. Application forms, along with a check or money order for $95 (no cash), must be received at the extension office by Feb. 12. Early applications are encouraged. All coursework must be completed by May 15.