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Master Gardeners and Other Classes

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Larry Sagers Horticultural Specialist Utah State University Extension Service Thanksgiving Point Office © All Rights Reserved

Master Gardener Programs in Northern Utah.

Utah County starts October 2,2003 at 2-4PM or 6-8PM. Call (801) 370-8463 or (801) 768-7443 for the classes at Thanksgiving Gardens. Participants who qualify for this class will receive a season pass to the Thanksgiving Gardens.

Tooele County starts this Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003 and there is still space availble.

Davis County starts in January 2004

Weber County starts Sept 2003 and still has 4

Salt Lake, Cache, Box Elder, Uintah, Washington, Iron and call your local USU Extension service office.

Call 801-768-7443

Advanced Landscape Design Instructor, Larry Sagers

This course builds upon our Basic Landscape Design course. After completing your basic desgin, come learn how to incorporate advaned design principles and labor-saving maintenance features into your landscape.

The course focuses on using plants to solve problems in the landscape, as well as hardscape items such as arbors, walkways, ponds and other water features. Fee: $40.00

The Art of Garden Photography Larry Sagers

Learn about the quality of light, composition and equipment from the Master of the Art as you explore the beauty of Thanksgiving Gardens.

Larry Sagers co-author of the new "Temple Square Gardening" book and garden writer for the "Deseret News" will be the instructor. Fee: $30.00 $25 if you are a season passholder or Adventure passholder bring a camera and slide film or a digital camera

Utah State University Extension Service is looking for a few good gardeners. Actually you do not even have to be particularly knowledgeable about growing plants you just need to want to learn. The way to learn is through the Master Gardener Program.

Master Gardeners take an intensive set of classes that cover a wide range of horticulture topics. The class include basic plant science, insects, diseases, soils, fertilizers, vegetables, fruits, flowers, trees and many other subjects.

In return for the classes, the participants agree to donate back time to Utah State University to help others with gardening needs.

If that seems a little intimidating, don=t let it be. The classes are taught by teachers who want to you to learn and want you to have fun while you learn. During one class you might be looking at insects, the next night you might be testing your soil and the next you might be selecting flowers for your own garden.

As interesting and helpful as the classes might be, the volunteering after the classes is even better. Finding your niche on how you can best help others is a part of the concept of master gardening.

A good part of my career as an Extension horticulturist for Utah State University has been spent teaching, working with, advising and learning from Master Gardeners in many counties throughout the state.

Few parts of my job have been as satisfying as those relationships that I have formed and those things I have learned. It is a concept that helps those who learn and those who teach.

For some 25 years, the program has been helping gardeners throughout the State.

Perhaps the most enjoyable part of the classes is getting to meet other gardeners with similar interests. You might never know about the kindred spirit who grows the same exotic plants that you are growing until you take the class.

Every Master Gardener has their own story about why they become involved in the program. For some their love of gardening motivates them to want to volunteer to help others. Other find that their desire to help others triggers a love of garden that motivates them to literally dig in and learn what they need to teach others.

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