Master Gardener classes offered

CLARION The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners certification classes for winter 2019-2020 will begin on Thursday, Oct. 3 and will end early March.

They are held from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursday evenings except for holidays and bad weather at the Reynoldsville Foundry in Jefferson County. These classes are for anyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener.

If enough people sign up, there could be a possibility of an afternoon class also. You do not have to be a Jefferson County resident to apply.

Penn State Master Gardeners is not a garden club, but it is a federal, state and county supported training program in which you can learn to teach others about the newest researched information on gardening, whether it's fruits, vegetables or landscape and how to protect it all from insects, disease and poor cultural practices.

To receive an application you should email JeffersonMG@psu.edu or call (814) 849-7361, ext. 508 to leave a message for the Master Gardener Coordinator.

The Clarion County Master Gardener basic training will be held on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:45 p.m. starting Oct. 3 and runs through Feb. 27, 2020 at Clarion County Extension Office located at 8 Grant Street in Clarion.

Master Gardner basic training classes include the following topics: botany, plant propagation, soil health and fertilizer management, composting, controlling pests safely, entomology, plant diseases, indoor plants, vegetables, lawn care, pruning, woody ornamentals, herbaceous plants, native plants, weeds and invasive species.

Cost of the program is $200 and checks are to be made payable to "PSCE-Clarion County." Space is limited so payment is necessary to save a spot. This program includes intensive instruction by professional educators, textbook, hands-on activities, and name tag.

Anyone interested is invited to call the Clarion County Extension Office located at 8 Grant Street in Clarion at (814) 223-9028 for more information.