The University of Illinois Extension is inviting the public to participate in Master Gardener training at the Extension's Galva office, 358 Front St.

The University of Illinois Extension is inviting the public to participate in Master Gardener training at the Extension’s Galva office, 358 Front St.

Training will take place on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sessions are hosted by Extension staff and include hands-on activities. The classes are taught by University of Illinois Extension educators via live webinar.

Dates and topics are: Jan. 24: Orientation and Basic Botany; Jan. 31: Insects; Feb. 7: Trees, Shrubs and Vines; Feb. 14: Soils; Feb. 21: Annuals & Perennials; Feb. 28: Lawns; March 7: Diseases and Diagnosis; March 14: Wildlife and Organic Gardening & Composting; March 21: Vegetables; March 28: Fruits; April 4: Integrated Pest Management and Master Gardener Volunteer Review; Final and Graduation.

Master Gardener volunteers work on behalf of and under the supervision of University of Illinois Extension. They volunteer in their local county and throughout the community on various projects involving parks, schools, gardening, or other agencies.

Certified Master Gardeners are those who have completed their training and internship. To remain active, certified Master Gardeners must complete 30 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of educational training yearly. These are reported on line and recorded by U of I Extension.

The cost for the training is $225 and includes a comprehensive horticulture textbook. A $50 refund is given once your internship is completed for a cost of $175 to become initially certified.

To register, go to web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs.

For further questions, contact Tracy Jo Mulliken at tmully@illinois.edu or (309) 756-9978.