The Drew County Cooperative Extension Service is planning upcoming Master Gardener training. Training includes five full days of education, and consists of topics such as soils, insects, diseases, vegetables, ornamentals, tree, bees, and much more.

The first day of training will be held on Thursday, January 28, in Monticello. The remaining four days and locations are as follows: February 4 in Warren, February 11 in Hamburg, February 18 in Lake Village, and lastly February 25 in McGehee. Trainees must attend all of the sessions to complete the program.

The Master Gardener program is recognized as the top educational venue for those interested in gardening and landscaping. The program first began in Arkansas in 1988, and has since grown to over 3,000 trained Master Gardener volunteers in sixty-seven counties.

The Master Gardeners of the Delta chapter is comprised of over fifty volunteer members from Drew, Bradley, Chicot, Ashley, and Desha counties. Once becoming a trained Master Gardener, members are part of a group of individuals who hold monthly educational meetings rotating among the five counties. Member volunteers also conduct beautification and gardening projects in the area. Cost of the training is $75 which covers all educational materials.

Those interested in the training should contact the Drew County Extension office at 460-6270 and leave their contact information. An informal interview will be set up to further explain the program.

The Master Gardener program is conducted by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service and is open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.