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Penn State Master Gardeners welcome four new trainees

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Blair County welcomes four new trainees as they completed the Master Gardener basic training program on Feb. 27.

Basic training began in October with weekly classes on botany, plant propagation, soil health and fertilizer management, composting, controlling pests safely, entomology, plant diseases, indoor plants, vegetables, lawn care, pruning, woody ornamentals, herbaceous plants, native plants, weeds and invasives.

Trainees Dave and Rob-in Haas, Nancy Williams and John Chester passed their final exams, all with high scores, allowing them to become Master Gardener trainees.

Master Gardener trainees are required to participate in a minimum of 40 hours of classroom training, score at least 80% on the final exam and fulfill 50 hours of volunteer service.

Trainees have the opportunity to learn from certified Master Gardeners at the pollinator garden, NatureWorks Park, poison prevention programs, speakersá bureau, Blair County Home and Garden Show, garden clinics, garden hotline, library programs and much more.

For more information on the 2020-21 training, contact Cathy Schwartz, Blair County Master Gardener coordinator, at crs80@psu.edu, blairmg

@psu.edu or the Blair County Penn State Extension Master Garden Program at 940-5996.

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