If you enjoy gardening, working with others and having fun while sharing your passion then the Extension Master Gardener program may be just the opportunity for you. Applications are now being accepted for the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Master Gardener (EMG) 2015 training program. Application deadline is July 15.
An informational meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 1, at the Extension office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Room 1060, in Olathe. Projects and program guidelines will be outlined. You are encouraged to attend this meeting if you have questions about the EMG program or would like more information prior to completing your application. Only 30 applicants are accepted into this prestigious program.
The EMG program, sponsored by K-State Research and Extension, is designed to teach area gardeners about horticulture and give them the opportunity to share their knowledge through various gardening-related volunteer projects. Applicants who are selected will receive intensive horticulture-related training from university experts. In return, newly-trained recruits will be required to volunteer a minimum of time each year.
EMG volunteers get involved in a variety of projects including maintaining demonstration gardens, staffing a gardening hotline and giving presentations through the speakers’ bureau.  Youth programs are also another avenue for volunteer participation.
Applicants are selected on the basis of gardening and volunteering experience, ability to attend training sessions and volunteer activities, and, most importantly, willingness to commit long term to the annual requirement of volunteer service. Gardeners who join the program bring many different experience levels and interests to the program. If you are a novice gardener, do not let the title of Extension Master Gardener intimidate you. Your love of gardening and passion for sharing your garden experience is the basis for success.
Training sessions will begin Sept. 17 and run each Tuesday through Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All classes will be conducted at the K-State Research and Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1500 in Olathe. There is an administration fee for those accepted into the class. Class members must be Johnson County residents.
If you are interested in applying for the program, or would like more information, please contact Johnson County Extension at (913) 715-7000 or visit www.johnson.ksu.edu and click on the Master Gardener link for details.