MYRTLE POINT — Oregon State University is offering a 10-week gardening course starting Jan. 10 in Myrtle Point.

OSU professionals and local experts will offer research-based information that may help gardeners, or want to be gardeners, supplement their budget, increase gardening enjoyment and educate the community.

The course includes classes in botany, entomology and plant identification. Participants also will learn important information about beneficial insects, soils, compost, plant diseases and much more.

To become an OSU Extension Master Gardener volunteer, each student must attend all the training sessions, pass an open-book exam and volunteer 60 hours of horticultural service to the community through a variety of fun, educational programs from March through Oct. 31, 2013.  

Cost of the 10-week training is $150, of which $50 is refunded upon completion of the program requirements. Payment can be made by credit card. Participants also will receive a copy of EM8742 Sustainable Gardening: the Oregon and Washington Master Gardener Handbook, and detailed handouts.

Class size is limited to 25 students, so call 541-572-5263, or pick up your application packet at the Coos County OSU Extension Service located at the Ohlsen-Baxter Building, 631 Alder St. in Myrtle Point. A downloadable copy of the application packet is available at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/coos/.

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