As a Master GardenerTM volunteer, you will work with the Jackson County OSU Extension program. What you do will vary according to Extension needs and your desires and availability. Examples of Master Gardener activities include:
- Answering gardening questions at plant clinics.
- Caring for demonstration gardens.
- Assisting with community education programs.
- Continual learning through tours, work and study.
You will attend weekly, full-day classes on Wednesdays for thirteen weeks from mid-January through early April. It is a basic, practical course in plant science and horticulture. Individual sessions include:
Cultural methods of growing gardens, lawns, fruit trees, and landscape plants.
Pest identification and control methods.
Soil management and plant nutrition.
Diagnosis of plant problems.
And many more!
Beyond the classroom sessions, you will complete seventy (70) volunteer educational service hours. The volunteer period is both service to the community and the practicum part of Master Gardener training. You will work in the Plant Clinic helping answer questions from the public, propagate plants in the greenhouse, maintain demonstration gardens, teach children gardening skills or many other volunteer opportunities.