Master Gardener fall registration begins

Registration is underway for the LSU Agricultural Center and Ascension Parish Master Gardeners’ fall Louisiana Master Gardener training class.

The class curriculum is composed of a 40- to 50-hour course that will be taught from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning Aug. 19 and ending on Sept. 24.

Louisiana Master Gardeners play an important role in meeting the horticultural needs of Louisiana residents by providing research-based information for home horticulture enthusiasts, Horticulture Agent Craig Roussel said.

Designed to recruit and train volunteers, the Louisiana Master Gardener Program is open to anyone with a willingness to learn and a desire to help others, he said.

Instructional training for the Louisiana Master Gardener program is tailored for beginners and experienced gardeners.

In exchange for horticulture training, Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers by working through their parish extension offices to develop and enhance community programs related to home horticulture.

Depending on community needs, Roussel said, these may include environmental improvement activities, parish fairs, plant health clinics, civic meetings and community and school gardening programs.

For information, call (225) 621-5799.

The deadline to apply for the class is July 26.