COLUMBIA, Mo. -- New online master gardener training, offered by University of Missouri Extension, begins Aug. 19.
In the past, those interested in becoming a master gardener had to attend classes for 14 weeks. "Today, thanks to the internet and a learning platform known as Canvas, classes are available online 24/7. Students work on class material at their own pace and time schedule," Extension state horticulture specialist David Trinklein said.
Trinklein and MU Extension regional horticulture specialist Sarah Denkler teach the 14 online sessions. Topics include basic botany, soils and plant nutrition, vegetable gardening and fruit production.
Core training is the first step toward master gardener certification. A minimum of 30 hours of volunteer service is required, and local master gardener chapters help online trainees find opportunities to meet service requirements.
Registration deadline for the fall session is Aug. 12.
Registration and more information are available at extension.missouri.edu/mg.