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Penn State Extension hosts Bucks Master Gardener information session online

Those who are fascinated by gardening, who enjoy volunteering, and sharing their gardening knowledge with others, may be interested in the Penn State Master Gardener volunteer program.

Penn State Master Gardeners are volunteers extensively trained in horticulture by Penn State Extension. Master Gardeners assist Extension staff by providing and expanding educational programs in consumer horticulture for the residents of Bucks County.

A free online presentation, “Becoming a Master Gardener,” takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 17. Master Gardener Coordinator Kathleen Connally will lead the presentation, followed by a Q&A session and panel discussion with several active Bucks County Master Gardeners.

This is a free program, but registration is required at:

There is an application, a course fee, and an interview/selection process to join the Penn State Master Gardener program in Bucks County.

This year, the Bucks County Master Gardener program is expanding its county-wide coverage and volunteer projects will be focused in Lower Bucks County. Selection of students for the 2020 basic training course will be prioritized by an ability to volunteer in Lower Bucks County.

Master Gardener basic training classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m., beginning Oct. 1, and ending March 25, 2021, with a final exam. There are no classes during the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Day.

Due to coronavirus safety concerns, all classes will be held on-line. Access to an internet connection, and a computer, tablet or smart phone is necessary to complete the course.

Master Gardener trainees can immediately begin participating in Extension-approved volunteer activities to meet a first-year requirement of 50 hours of volunteer service. After the 50 hours are achieved, trainees receive their Master Gardener certification.

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