Grab your spade and gardening tools and become a Master Gardener


TAYLOR COUNTY—The Taylor County Extension Office is gearing up for warmer Spring weather.

The organization will be offering a Master Gardener training program for anyone interested in working on their green thumb for the upcoming planting and growing season. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s program will be held utilizing today’s technology.

According to a press release from the Taylor County Extension Office, the program is being offered statewide via Zoom.

The Master Gardener program is an in-depth horticulture training, that began on February 18, and will run through June  10.

The trainings will begin at 6:00 p.m., and will conclude at approximately 9:00 p.m. every Thursday throughout the duration of the program.

The platform will boast classes to suit the needs of all gardeners, regardless of experience or the types of vegetation they are wanting to grow. The program will also discuss many topics gardeners may be wishing to explore. 

Classes will focus on an array of subjects that include, but are not limited to, soils and soil fertility, composting, basic botany, entomology, plant pathology, trees and woody ornamentals, vegetables production and plant propagation.

There is no need to be an expert gardener in order to take part in this program.

“To become a certified Master Gardener, members complete 40 hours of volunteer service in horticulture programming with the WVU Extension Service following the completion of the training,” the release states.

If an individual is only wanting the training, volunteer hours are not necessary, although the title of Master Gardener may not be used until the volunteer portion has been completed.

To enroll or for more information on the program, please contact John Murray, at the Taylor County Extension Office by calling 304-265-3303.

The registration fee is $90, and participants must complete a volunteer application, along with an enrollment packet.

“This is a big commitment so we highly encourage you to contact John Murray to discuss your interest and determine if the program is right for you,” representatives suggest. “You will receive a Master Gardener Manual as part of the program, which contains over 1,000 pages of  gardening information.”

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