2018 Caldwell-Alexander Master Gardener Training Class

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Do you want to learn more about the culture and maintenance of plants? Do you enjoy working on community projects and sharing knowledge? Consider enrolling in the Caldwell Extension Master Gardener Training Class!

The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program is a national program of trained volunteers who work in partnership with their local Cooperative Extension Center to extend horticultural information throughout the community. Accepted applicants enter the training portion of the program, and can begin volunteering during the class.

The 2018 class will meet for 14 weeks on Wednesday afternoons. Most classes will be held in Caldwell or Alexander counties. Residents of Caldwell, Alexander, and neighboring counties are invited to participate.

Dates: February 7- May 9, 2018, on Wednesday afternoons, 1-4 p.m. (with a few exceptions; class times may vary to accommodate travel).

Class fee: $125 per person; includes training manual, all travel and material fees.

Applications: Due Friday, January 19. Applications can be picked up at the N.C. Cooperative Extension-Caldwell County Center or you can click below for a fillable application.


The course will feature classes on many topics, and will be taught by N.C. Cooperative Extension personnel and community experts. Class topics will include: Botany, Soils (Understanding soils & fertilizers and their management), Pest Management, Plant Propagation, Native Plant and Tree Identification, Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Management, Pesticide Safety, and more. Participants will receive an extensive training manual. Classes may take place outdoors, in natural settings or places of horticultural interest, in greenhouses, or classrooms. The final class will involve a field trip to the NC Arboretum in Asheville and other sites of interest.