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Master Gardener classes planned

From Staff Reports
The University of Tennessee Extension has announced 2012 Northeast Tennessee Master Gardener classes will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
The sessions will continue through Nov. 1 with graduation scheduled for Nov. 8, according to a press release.
Most sessions – with the exception of four field trips – will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6:30-9 p.m., at Colonial Heights Baptist Church, off Interstate 81’s Exit 59.
The program’s fee is $165. This covers an 800-plus page Master Gardener Textbook, a graduation dinner, a name badge, a soil sample, hand lens and other related costs. The release notes that a limited number of partial scholarships will be awarded on an as-needed basis.
Tennessee Master Gardeners are volunteers who help the UT Extension Office provide information and educate the public in home horticulture. Prospective master gardeners attend 40 hours of horticultural classes, and during the next calendar year are required to volunteer 40 hours of community service through the Extension Office, as well as attend eight hours of continuing education.
To request an application, call Chris Ramsey, master gardener coordinator and UT agricultural extension agent, at (423) 279-2723.