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Do your friends and family always compliment you on your lawn and garden? Does the phrase “you must have a green thumb” sound very familiar to you? Are you constantly finding yourself wishing you knew just a little bit more about your favorite plants and how to make them grow stronger and healthier? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be perfect candidate for the Georgia Master Gardener Program.

The Georgia Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program designed to help University of Georgia Cooperative Extension staff transfer research-based information about gardening and related subjects to the public by training home gardeners. With your help UGA Extension is able to reach out and serve more citizens with educational programming and demonstrations.

This is accomplished through volunteer service hours performed by Master Gardeners. In your first year after completing your course you will complete 50 hours of volunteer work and 25 hours per year thereafter to remain in active status with the program.

Classes for new Master Gardeners will be held Aug. 5 to Oct. 16 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Agricultural Center located on Vulcan Materials Road in LaGrange. Cost for the class including books and supplies is $150.

Deadline for applications is June 15, so what are you waiting for? Call Troup County Extension at 706-883-1675, email your request to uge2285@uga.edu, or stop by the Extension office located at 114 Church Street in downtown LaGrange.

And as a previous Master Gardener graduate from the class of 2011, I can speak from experience when I say you will be glad you enrolled. You will learn a great deal about plants and gardening but one of the greatest benefits is the new friendships you will forge.

There is a comfort in finding those who share our interest, and I’m sure you will find that many years after your training class you will still have those friendships that started on Aug. 5 when you introduced yourself at your fist class as a new Master Gardner.

Jeff Wright is a Master Gardener extension volunteer working with the Troup County Extension office.

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