The Cullman County Extension Office plans to offer the Alabama Master Gardener Class each Wednesday beginning, January 30, 2019 and continuing through Wednesday, April 17th. Master Gardener Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m. with a lunch break from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. All the classes except for two will be held in the conference room of the Cullman County Office Building.
If you register for the class before December 31st, the fee is $125.00 and includes the cost of a thick reference notebook, refreshments, travel expenses for speakers, and the cost of a background check. Our office will be closed for the holidays beginning Thursday, December 20th through Wednesday, January 2, 2019. As long as your application is postmarked on or before December 31st, you will receive the discount. After that date, the fee increases to $150.00. If you are interested in attending the class, but would like to divide the cost, you may make three payments of $50.00 each. The first would need to be included with your application and the remainder paid before the first day of class.
A number of gardening topics are covered in the class, including: Plant Physiology, Soils & Plant Nutrition, Growing Herbs, Weed Identification & Control, Home Lawns, Home Fruit Production, Plant Propagation, Home Vegetable Gardening, Plant Selection, Annuals & Perennials, Wildlife Damage Control, Plant Pathology, Basic Entomology, Landscape Design, and Care & Maintenance of Ornamentals.
The main purpose of the Master Gardener Program is to develop volunteers to assist Extension in meeting the horticultural needs in the area. Fifty volunteer hours are required for certification as an Alabama Master Gardener and participants have one year from the beginning of the class to complete this requirement.
Please complete & print Parts I & II of the Alabama Master Gardener Volunteer Program application, mail or bring it by the Cullman County Extension Office located at 402 Arnold Street NE Suite G-1, Cullman, AL 35055. Part III contains information regarding the background check; once your application request is accepted, I will give you instructions for completing the background check forms.
Please return your application as soon as possible as a minimum of fifteen people must register in order for us to offer the class. We will notify you on or before Wednesday, January 23, 2019, as to whether or not the class will be held.