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What is an MSU Lake County Master Gardener, and how do I become a Master Gardener? Originally, the Master Gardener program was started by the Washington State Cooperative Extension Service in 1972. Developing out of a need to meet an enormous increase in requests from home gardeners for horticulture information, Master Gardeners have become a vital part of Montana State University Extension outreach with reliable, up-to-date information. Master Gardeners also receive and dispense a sense of community contribution and accomplishment.

Lake County Master Gardening classes will begin Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Polson High School in cooperation with Polson High School community education. This eight-week course will be every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and will cover: soils, plant growth and development, vegetable gardening, season extenders, plant physiology, tree care and maintenance, turf grass, irrigation, integrated pest management, noxious weed identification and control, fruit tree care and grafting. Training will be given by Extension specialists and local gardening professionals.

Anyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener through education in research-based home horticulture practices should contact the MSU Lake County Extension Office at 406-676-4271 or lake1@montana.edu. There is a $50 fee for the course to cover the training manual and handouts.

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