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UVM Master Gardener course starts in the new year

13-week course, at UVM in Burlington, is open to all Vermonters

The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener Program can help you expand your gardening knowledge through its comprehensive 13-week home horticulture course starting Feb. 5. Pictured: Vermont Master Gardener Marijke Niles of Starksboro.

The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener Program can help you expand your gardening knowledge through its comprehensive 13-week home horticulture course starting Feb. 5. Pictured: Vermont Master Gardener Marijke Niles of Starksboro. Photo by Louis Varricchio.

— Whether you are a novice gardener or someone with years of growing experience, the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener Program can help you expand your gardening knowledge through its comprehensive 13-week home horticulture course.

You will learn from UVM Extension faculty and staff and other horticulture industry experts about vegetable and flower gardening, pest and disease management, sustainable landscape practices, food production, rain gardens, soil fertility, turf and weeds, botany basics and pest and disease control, among a host of other topics. You also will be able to network with other gardeners and share your gardening experiences.

Classes are every Tuesday, Feb. 5, through April 30, 6:15 to 9 p.m. The first class starts at 5:45 p.m. for a quick student orientation.

You can take the course at your nearest Vermont Interactive Technologies site. Locations include Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston.

The all-inclusive fee is $395, which covers all classes and materials including the required course textbook. Enroll by Jan. 18 to avoid the $25 late fee.

To register, log onto www.uvm.edu/mastergardener for a downloadable registration form. The web site also includes additional information about the course.

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