WSU Offers Home Horticulture Training to Address Growing Gardening Needs
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out a resurgence in gardening as many people are looking for ways to grow their own food and stay active. Knowing where to start can be hard, and the amount of information available can be overwhelming; so to aid residential gardeners, Washington State University is offering a Home Horticulture Training in 2021, running via Zoom Saturday mornings from January to April.
Topics will include:
– fruits and trees
– invasive species
– plant pathology
– weed management
– climate change
– integrated pest management
– …and more
This online comprehensive 15-week class will be taught by regional experts and WSU faculty and will require participation in weekly online quizzes and training modules.
Those familiar with WSU’s Master Gardener Volunteer Program will notice similarities in the curriculum. In fact, the training is based on the horticulture educational components of the WSU Master Gardener training. This training does not, however, certify the student to be or act as a WSU Master Gardener Volunteer in 2021 and does not require a volunteer commitment.
Those interested in becoming a WSU Master Gardener Volunteer should contact their local WSU Extension office for information regarding future training. You may be able to apply your Home Horticulture Training towards WSU Master Gardener certification, depending on your county.
The Home Horticulture Training is available to residents statewide and will be separated into Eastern Washington and Western Washington cohorts in order to address differences in climate, soil structure, and species. The cost is $300 per person. Inquiry for scholarship information by contacting: Beth Chisholm, Master Gardener Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org • (360) 778-5811