Summer 'Master Gardener' volunteer classes to begin

(Source: KXLN Univision 45/MGN Online)
(Source: KXLN Univision 45/MGN Online)

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish Extension Horticulture Program will offer training classes to interested gardeners who would like to become an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, according to Robert M. Turley, LSU AgCenter Extension horticulturist.

The objective of the horticulture classes is to train volunteers who have gardening interest and experiences with a desire to help the Extension's horticulture program help others.

These volunteers actually extend resources to more parish residents, said Turley.

Summer classes will be three hours per day, beginning June 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and will be conducted each Wednesday minus holidays. Classes will conclude with a final exam on Oct. 30, 2013. Turley will teach the classes. They will be held in the LSU AgCenter – Calcasieu Parish, 7101 Gulf Highway in Lake Charles.

Subject matter will include all aspects of home horticulture as it relates to problem solving. The student volunteers will be provided with up-to-date research information useful in solving problems related to home gardening.

Turley said each student who attends and participates in the 17-week training sessions will be expected to volunteer 50 hours of time to the Parish Extension horticulture program upon completion of the training.

For an application, call the Calcasieu Parish Extension Office at 337-475-8812 and ask for Turley. You can also email:

Deadline for applications will be June 12, 2013.

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