Sunday, December 5, 2010

Garden News

Canyon County 2011 Master Gardener Program Now Accepting Applicants

CALDWELL--The University of Idaho Extension Master Gardener Program gives gardeners an opportunity to improve their horticultural knowledge and skills and serve their communities. Aspiring Master Gardeners receive comprehensive horticultural training on a variety of topics, and give back to their community through service. To become a Certified Idaho Master Gardener, participants must be able to commit to a minimum of 50 hours of instruction and a minimum of 30 hours of service*. Volunteer time is spent sharing newfound knowledge with others in a number of ways. Academic credit and Continuing Education Units are available from the University of Idaho for this course for additional fees.

2011 Canyon County Master Gardener Course

Dates: January 5 - April 20, 2011 on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (+ field trips)

Location: Canyon County Extension Office, 501 Main Street, Caldwell, ID

Class Materials and Lab Fee: $95 per individual

For the $95 fee, participants will receive over 50 hours of quality instruction from local, regional and University horticultural professionals, 2 field trips, a soil test, and a copy of the Idaho Master Gardener Handbook. The latest edition of the handbook contains over 500 pages of updated, expert information. Just a few of the topics covered are basic botany, soils, insects, diseases and weeds, vegetables, flowers and herbs, watering, planting and caring for trees and shrubs, lawn care, composting, and plant propagation.

We have a limited number of seats! Applicants will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Applications can be obtained by contacting the Canyon County Extension office (501 Main St., Caldwell) at 208-459-6003 Monday- Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm or by emailing Find out more about the Idaho Master Gardener Program at and visit our Canyon County Extension Horticulture web page at

* This year, five seats will also be available for Professional Audit. Professional landscapers, arborists, nursery and garden center staff are eligible to attend the classroom portion of the program without the volunteer component. Price for Professional Audit is $135 and includes the University of Idaho Master Gardener Handbook, field trips and tours.

The University of Idaho provides equal opportunities in education and employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, those requesting reasonable accommodations may contact Ariel Agenbroad at 501 Main Street, Caldwell, ID or by phone 208-459-6003 or email

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), University of Idaho and Canyon County, cooperating.

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