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Master Gardener classes to be offered

Do you want to help the LSU AgCenter educate Louisiana residents about gardening and lawn care? Louisiana Master Gardener volunteer training courses are scheduled for Aug. 11 through Nov. 17 in Washington Parish, and Aug. 12 through Nov. 18 in Tangipahoa Parish.

Class members will read specified materials, watch videoed lectures, and attend in-person meetings. In-person meetings/laboratories are scheduled for Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. in Franklinton, and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. in Amite.

To get an application or ask questions, interested individuals may contact Horticulture Agent Dr. Mary Helen Ferguson (mhferguson@agcenter.lsu.edu or 985-277-1850). Applications are due by Friday, July 2. A fee of $185 and a background check will be required for those who are accepted and choose to enroll in the program.

Individuals in the Louisiana Master Gardener program help the LSU AgCenter provide education about gardening and lawn care. To become a Certified Louisiana Master Gardener, individuals must complete the training course, pass an examination, and volunteer 40 or more hours of service with the LSU AgCenter.

Those who are interested in knowing what other types of horticulture classes are offered by the LSU AgCenter in Washington and Tangipahoa parishes can send an e-mail to mhferguson@agcenter.lsu.edu and request to get updates by e-mail.

The LSU AgCenter and LSU provide equal opportunities in programs and employment.

 Dr. Mary Helen Ferguson is an Associate Extension Agent with the LSU AgCenter, with horticulture responsibilities in Washington and Tangipahoa Parishes. Contact Mary Helen at mhferguson@agcenter.lsu.edu, 985-839-7855 (Franklinton) or 985-277-1850 (Hammond).