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Master Gardener training begins in January

University of Illinois Extension is accepting applications for the 2017 Master Gardener training session.

The Illinois Master Gardener program educates people about environmentally sound horticulture and gardening practices through a network of volunteers trained and managed by University of Illinois Extension faculty and staff.

The 2017 Illinois University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener program will be offered for 11 consecutive weeks starting on January 24.

Training in Effingham will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays for a webinar presentation method at the University of Illinois Extension office in Effingham.

Master Gardener volunteers work on behalf of and under the supervision of University of Illinois Extension. They volunteer in their local county and throughout the community on various projects involving parks, schools, gardening, or with other agencies.

Classroom training is $150. All trainees will receive a copy of the Illinois Master Gardener manual. Download an application from or request a form by calling 217-347-7773.

Applications are due on January 17, 2017.

Those interested in the Master Gardener training can get more information by calling 217-347-7773 or go online at

 University of Illinois Extension offers equal opportunities in program and employment.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend this program, please call 217-347-7773.

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