Interested in becoming a Master Gardener?
Information sessions for the 2017 Master Gardener class will be held on July 11th and July 18th at 6pm at the Louisville Grows Healthy House, 1641 Portland Ave. Louisville, KY 40203. Reserve your spot for the July 11 session at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jefferson-county-ky-master-gardener-class-info-session-tickets-35315661093 Reserve your spot for the July 18 session at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jefferson-county-ky-master-gardener-class-info-session-tickets-35315919867
You must attend one of these informational sessions to pick-up all paperwork required for your class registration. All questions about classes, including up-to-date information about cost will be covered in these sessions.
Who teaches the Master Gardener program? What are the requirements?
The Master Gardener program is facilitated by the Jefferson County Extension Office and the Jefferson County Master Gardener Association. Most classes are taught by professors from UK and KSU, and by extension agents in surrounding counties. Certification requires participation in classes, passing a final exam, and completion of 30 volunteer hours in your first year as an intern. 15 volunteer hours are required annually after your first year to maintain your certification.
Master Gardeners is a service-focused organization. Participants in the class are required to volunteer for approved projects regularly. If you are not interested in community service then this program is not for you.
All interested participants must complete a background check (processed by UK) and all required paperwork to be considered for participation in the class. 30 seats are available in the Fall 2017 class.
When and where are the classes?
Classes and labs are on Tuesday evenings (6-8pm) and Saturday mornings (10am-12pm) beginning August 15th and ending October 21st. All classes will be held at the Louisville Grows Healthy House, 1641 Portland Ave. Louisville, KY 40203, except for an occasional lab or field trip.
What types of topics do the classes cover?
Classes incorporate a broad range of topics including entomology, beekeeping, aquaculture, tree pruning, composting, propagation, native plants, and many others.
Can children participate in the class?
Classes are for adults only and participants must be 18 years or older.