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Congratulations to Kent-Sussex Master Gardeners Class of 2011

Master Gardener group shot
Front row left to right: Norman Payne, Mary Lou Bass, Maggie Rohen and Rob Garcia. Not pictured: Boyd Sykes I, Ed Effin, Ann Martini and John Tullis; Back row left to right: Theron Boots, Gloria Barker, Steve DeCarlo, Frank Mentusky, Alicia Young and Lois Seyler.

They have all recently completed their volunteer time hours to earn the title of Delaware Master Gardener. To obtain the title of Master Gardener applicants must complete approximately 60 hours of instruction and 45 hours of volunteer hours within one year of completing their formal training. Volunteer time is spent solving problems, educating, and advising the gardening public of Delaware.

The Master Gardener program allows the Cooperative Extension to expand its home horticultural educational program. Instruction includes: Plant Growth, Soils and Plant Nutrients, Plant Propagation, Plant Identification, Pesticide Safety, Home Plantings, Perennials and Herbs, Vegetable Gardening, Turf Establishment and Management, Fruit Production, Composting, Backyard Habitats, Weed Control in Lawns and Gardens, Diagnosing Plant Diseases and Insects. Instructors are Cooperative Extension Agents and Specialist, Research faculty from Delaware State University and University of Delaware.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the 2013 Delaware Master Gardener class, Delaware Cooperative Extension is accepting applications until June 1, 2013. To get an application contact your local Extension office, for Kent County 302-730-4000 or 302-857-6426; in Sussex County 302-856-7303.