Extension office looking for volunteers for program

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Cooperative Extension Office is looking for volunteers to take part in a program that certifies individuals in horticulture and related areas.

The office is currently accepting applications for the master gardener program, an initiative through which volunteers use what they've learned in extension office training to help others through projects in the community.

The Georgia Master Gardener Program was started in Atlanta in 1979 as a means of extending the educational outreach of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.

Master Gardeners serve many roles in aiding the local extension office to deliver educational programs and information.

Those who wish to become master gardeners must complete 13 days of training taught by experts covering many different topics related to gardening such as landscape design, plant propagation, lawn care and plant identification. The classes meet from 9:20 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. one day a week for 13 weeks.

The cost of the program is $140 and includes study books, all classes and materials. The deadline for applications is Oct. 16. For an application, contact Timothy Daly at 678 377-4010 or email tdaly@uga.edu.