Gardeners, here is your chance to learn more about horticulture and to help other people!
Over the past decade interested individuals have participated in the K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County Master Gardener volunteer program. The program has grown from about 10 to 55 individuals. People participating in the program receive 40 hours of in-depth educational training provided by K-State Research and Extension specialists and other educators in special fields. In return for the training, each person provides 40 or more hours of volunteer service to the Douglas County horticulture program. Master Gardeners will spend 24 of the 40 hours assisting county residents with answers to their horticulture questions. They also work in the demonstration flower gardens, answer questions at the Lawrence Farmers Market each Saturday, write news releases, speak publicly, assist at the county fair and participate in other activities.
Douglas County Extension will accept applications for the 1998-99 Master Gardener program until Wednesday. Applications can be picked up at the Douglas County Extension office, 2110 Harper St. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on eight Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 29.
Individuals are selected for participation through an interview process. Therefore, when returning the completed form, applicants need to set a date for their interview. Interviews will be held Aug. 26-28 at the Extension office.