The University of Missouri Extension will conduct a 15-week Master Gardener core course Aug. 20 through Nov. 26 in Waynesville.

Master Gardener volunteers extend the knowledge of Missouri universities to the local public, teaching climate, soil and plant information. Participants will learn from professors and other experts, with hands-on demonstrations and lectures based on university research. Topics will include soils, propagation, vegetables, fruits, flowers, shrubs, trees, lawns, design, insects, diseases and more. There will be no tests.

After initial training, Master Gardeners complete an easy 30 hours of volunteer service in any Missouri county. If a person relocates, Master Gardener membership is transferrable to other Missouri counties and to most other states.

The course will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, at the Waynesville Senior Center (1401 Ousley Road).  The cost is $125, and beginners and advanced gardeners are welcome. One scholarship is available.  The digital core course textbook is offered at no cost, and may be self-printed. A formal hard-copy is available for $30. 

Enrollment is equal opportunity. For applications, log onto pulaskimomastergardeners.org.  To RSVP, email olmstead.katherine@yahoo.com. Bring forms and tuition on the first night of class (Aug. 20).  

For more information, call Pulaski County Master Gardeners president Katie Olmstead at 609-949-4645.

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