Become a Master Gardener!
Gardening enthusiasts are invited to the Kendall County Master Gardener Program Informational Meeting. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Kendall County Extension office located at 7775B IL Route 47 in Yorkville (one mile south of Route 71).
Master Gardeners are a diverse group of like-minded, community oriented folks. You don’t have to be experienced gardener to qualify; having an interest in community, a desire to learn new things and the ability to share that new found knowledge is all it takes. In Kendall County, Master Gardeners work the Master Gardener help desk phone line answering garden and landscape questions and assist residents that come to the office with gardening questions. Master Gardeners also reach into the communities with service projects in partnership with local organizations.
If you would like to try your hand at being a Master Gardener in Kendall County, please be sure to attend the mandatory informational meeting on October 1, 2012. You will meet Certified Master Gardeners who will share their love of gardening and program details. Register to attend the meeting by calling 630-553-5823 or click on the registration link.
The Master Gardener program involves receiving 60 hours of horticultural training in a wide variety of topics in return for 60 hours of volunteer time to support the Master Gardener Program. Thirty hours of the first 60 hours of volunteer time is required to be completed at the Master Gardener Help Desk which is open to the public Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.
The 2013 training program begins January 8th and runs through March 26th. This year training will take place at the DuPage County Extension Office in Naperville. All classes are scheduled on Tuesdays from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm. Core topics taught are Basic Botany, Soils and Fertilizers, Vegetables, Woody Ornamental Plants, Large and Small Fruits, Insects and Disease Diagnosis, Pesticide Safety and Herbaceous plants (perennials). A program fee of $250 covers the training costs and includes a copy of the award winning Illinois Master Gardener Manual.
Become a Master Gardener and share what you learn with others to benefit the community when growing your own food has become so much more than a trendy thing to do.