Clallam County WSU Extension in Port Angeles is accepting applications for the 2014 WSU Master Gardener training. Once-weekly sessions will start Wednesday, Feb. 3, and go through April 28. Training will be held on Mondays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall in Agnew. Applications are due by Monday, Jan. 13.
The program includes Washington State University research–based courses in botany, soil science, pruning, growing ornamentals and vegetables, fruit and berries and other elements of sustainable home horticulture. Online training, field trips, labs and classroom participation also are part of the student experience. After completion of the course, trainees have the opportunity to become involved in Master Gardener projects, program committees and demonstration gardens. The $100 class fee includes reference and learning materials and other supplies.
Master Gardener Interns are required to complete 100 hours of approved volunteer service through their county Extension office in order to earn a Master Gardener Certification. Volunteer service hours include participating in garden-related education activities, diagnosing plant problems, working in demonstration gardens, and participating on other Master Gardener committees and projects. The class fee is $250, and includes reference and learning materials, and other supplies.