CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The WVU Kanawha County Extension Service will offer a 10-week training course for the West Virginia Extension Master Gardener Program, beginning Feb. 18.The course will cover instruction in botany, soils, basic landscaping, pest identification and control, vegetable gardening, small and tree fruits and more. The spring session will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays from Feb. 18 through April 22 at the extension office, Suite 101, 4700 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Kanawha City.Applications are due Feb. 4 and may be mailed, emailed, faxed or dropped off in person at the extension office.The course is intended to be the formal training for the Master Gardener Program, a volunteer service program of WVU Extension Service. Certification as a Master Gardener requires 30 hours of instruction and 30 hours of volunteer service within the year following completion of the course. Certified Master Gardeners have the option of joining the Kanawha County Master Gardener Association.
At the first class session, a $100 materials fee is due (make checks payable to KCMGA). The fee covers the instruction manual, class materials and a nametag (upon certification). An application form may be obtained either at http://kanawha.ext.wvu.edu/mastergardener/application
, by calling the office at 304-720-9573 to have a copy mailed or by visiting the office.