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Master Gardeners program set for Cheatham and Robertson counties

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The dates for the 2017 Master Gardener Program have been set for each Tuesday night from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 5 through Nov. 14.

This a joint program between Robertson and Cheatham County, but it is open to anyone.

All sessions will be held at the First Baptist Church, 7106 Whites Creek Pike in Joelton.

Topics for these 11 educational sessions include the following:

Introduction to Master Gardeners, Basic Botany, Insects, Diseases, Soil, Lawn Grass Management, Herbaceous Ornamentals, Vegetable Gardening, Landscape Design, Backyard Wildlife, and Lawn / Garden Equipment. You must attend 80% of the classes to complete the program.

The purpose of the Master Gardener Program is to train citizens as horticulture educated volunteers of UT Extension and TSU Cooperative Extension to work in partnership with their county to expand the educational outreach by providing research-based information to home gardeners.

To register, please pick up an application form from your local UT Extension office and send it in, along with a fee of $125 per individual or $200 per couple to the Robertson County Extension Office, 408 N. Main Street, Springfield, TN 37172.

The registration deadline is Aug. 28, 2017.

A minimum of 15 participants is required to conduct the program.

Call 615-384-7936 or email: jsmith49@utk.edu to request an application form.

After participants complete the class, they will be eligible to join the Robertson County Master Gardeners Association and continue their service to the county.

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