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Want to learn more about all aspects of horticulture? Interested in applying to be
a Master Gardener? Both online and in-person classes are available. Complete the online Master Gardener application. Or, print and fill out the Master Gardener application and return to the Howard County Extension Office or contact Howard County Agriculture
Agent - Carlie Bothum at 870-845-7517. A Howard County Master Gardener officer will
Who is eligible?
Anyone with horticultural skills, a willingness to learn, and a desire to help others.
What does it cost?
The required 40-hour Master Gardener training differs depending on which training
option your location provides as well as host site fees. Training options which are
made available but not provided at each training site include:
*Note: Training opportunities vary based on your local extension agent's availability.
What are the responsibilities?
Following a comprehensive training in horticulture, Master Gardeners have one year
from the end of training to complete the agreed upon volunteer time. Usually, the
volunteer work is done within the geographical area served by the unit office conducting
the training. Special arrangement can be made for some tasks outside one of the units.
Master Gardener volunteers are responsible to an Extension agent to complete and report
planned activities. If daytime employment interferes with volunteer work, arrangements
can be made for work to be done at Extension night or weekend functions. Sometimes
the volunteer's work can be done outside the office, e.g., research, writing, artwork.
Many activities are interagency projects and involve working with parks and recreation
departments, nursing homes, city departments, etc.
If you are interested in gardening and can donate a few hours a month to helping the
Howard County community flourish, we would love to have you join us! On December 18,
from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., our group will be having a workday at our organic garden
that is open to the public.
If you would like to come by and see what Master Gardeners is all about, we would
love to see you there. For more information contact Gerry Wenta at (903) 278-6716.
The next meeting of the Howard County Master Gardeners will be on January 17, 2022,
at the University of Arkansas Cossatot campus in Nashville, Arkansas at 5:00 p.m.
The meeting will be held in room 101. There will be a presentation on starting seeds
indoors so that your transplants will be ready to plant in your garden. If you would
like more information about this upcoming meeting, contact Mike Myers at (318) 470-7731.
The Master Gardener program is a county-wide volunteer program in which individuals
are trained specifically to represent the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension
Service to help with providing approved information on gardening and to develop community
programs related to horticulture.
Master Gardener training includes 40 hours of classroom instruction and many hours
of ongoing education in botany, soil science, plant propagation, pest management,
pesticide and herbicide usage, vegetable and ornamental plant gardening, plant and
weed identification, pruning, and other horticulture related subjects. There is a
class fee for taking the class, so contact the local Extension Office for the latest
class dates and times at (870) 845-7517. Once trained, Master Gardeners aid the Extension Service and give back to their
local communities by doing work related to horticulture, such as designing and implementing
community improvement projects, working with special groups in the community, disseminating
approved horticultural information, answering questions, researching specific problems,
planting educational and therapeutic gardens, providing public speakers and much more.
Master Gardener members in other counties have already made a major impact in the
past years with the development of the Nashville Demonstration Organic Garden and
coordinating youth education at the Howard County Farmers Market's Kidz Klub during
the summer months. Master Gardeners have coordinated a Seed Swap event and help to
educated members of the community on beekeeping topics.
The officers for the Howard County Master Gardeners are: President - Mike W. Myers,
Vice-President - Gerry Wenta and Secretary - Barbara Fuentes.
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