Master gardener class to be offered

The University of California Cooperative Extension office in Eureka is taking applications for the 2013 master gardener course. The course consists of a 13-week gardening program taught by farm advisor Deborah Giraud as well as many guest lecturers from UC Davis and local gardening experts.

Topics to be covered include soil science, weed, disease and insect management, irrigation, fruit and landscape trees, lawns, composting, vegetables, and more. The schedule can be found on the website.

Beginning on Thursday, Feb. 7, this program will be held every Thursday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Humboldt County Agriculture Center located at the bottom of Humboldt Hill in Eureka.

After the 13 weeks of classroom instruction, graduates have a take-home exam and become certified UC master gardeners. They then volunteer their knowledge back to the community by answering horticulture calls at the extension office, giving talks, helping in beautification programs, school or community garden programs, and many other outreach opportunities.

A new educational garden is being developed in Eureka. Master gardeners are asked to volunteer 50 hours in the next year. This is a highly regarded education/volunteer program for gardeners of all backgrounds.

There is a $130 class fee and $20 for security clearance to volunteer. Space is limited so please call 445-7351 soon to request an application and information packet.