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Master Gardener program applications being accepted
Master Gardeners at habitat for humanity olde town
Shown planting shrubs at a Habitat for Humanity House project are MGEV’s Yvonne Miller Vinson and Cesare Matrundola.

Do you have a green thumb? Want to use your powers for the betterment of your community? Applications for the Master Gardener Extension Volunteer (MGEV) program are now being accepted at the Rockdale County Cooperative Extension Office, 1400 Parker Road SE, Lobby A, Conyers.  

Accepted applicants receive training in areas of turf, fruit, vegetables, pruning, landscape maintenance, pesticide safety and more.   They then use that knowledge to volunteer and help people in the community with horticulture projects.

Classes rotate among area counties and are held each Monday, January 13– March 31, 2014 (excluding 1/20). Class time is 9 am – 4 pm.  Cost is $120 and 50 volunteer hours are required upon completion the first year, 25 hours a year afterwards. Space is limited. Applications accepted until Nov. 5.  Call 770-278-7373 for more information.

Projects supported in Rockdale County include: Lighthouse Village Children’s Garden, Nancy Guinn  Library flower beds, Memorial Arboretum at the Horse Park, Plant A Row for the Hungry, various school projects and plant clinics and much more. 

The MGEV Program is a volunteer training program of the University of Georgia.