Master Gardener volunteer training offered in Mountain

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The University of Wisconsin-Extension is offering people who are interested in plants and people the opportunity to become Master Gardener volunteers.

Volunteers are trained in a wide range of horticultural topics via a multi-session training course that will be held Thursday evenings from April 4 through June 20. The course will be held at the Riverview Town Hall, 15471 State Highway 32, starting at 6 p.m. each evening.

The course work prepares participants to help others in their community by assisting with community beautification projects, horticultural demonstrations, answering plant care questions and many other ways that Master Gardener volunteers are able to assist gardeners.

The course instruction is free, although the instructional materials cost $95 for an individual or $155 for a couple. Included in these materials are the instruction manual, a handbook of UW-Extension publications and numerous materials to take home as part of the hands-on skill-building sessions that are the main feature of the course.

Although each evening will deal with a different topic, there will be some type of hands-on and/or outside activity nearly every session, allowing participants to better understand plant management principles that they can then use to help others. The “costs” of the free instruction are repaid with the volunteer hours that new Master Gardeners return to their community.

Interested gardeners should call Scott Reuss at the Marinette County UW-Extension office, 715-732-7510, to ask questions or request a training application. A limited number of spots are available, and participants are asked register early. The training brochure can be obtained by visiting https://marinette.extension.wisc.edu/ or emailing sreuss@marinettecounty.com.