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Master gardener class coming to the region

The 2014 North Dakota master gardener class will take place from Sept. 19 to Nov. 21. The classes meet every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Classes will be held throughout the state, with the class in Grand Forks being held at the Grand Forks County Extension Office, 151 S. Fourth St. The registration deadline for the classes is Sept. 2.

Master gardening classes will also be available to be taken online. Students will be able to watch online lectures, and all assignments and quizzes will be available online.

Course topics include annual and perennial flowers, tree selection and maintenance, soil health, compositing, plant diseases and fruit and vegetable production. Classes are taught by NDSU faculty and NDSU Extension staff.

Once training is completed, students will volunteer 48 hours of time during a two-year period on horticulture projects in their community. This is to provide potential master gardeners with gardening education outside of the classroom.

Projects for volunteer service include activities such as answering questions at fairs, organizing horticultural workshops and managing school and community gardens.

It’s estimated that there are around 40 to 50 active master gardeners in the Grand Forks area, according to Steve Sagaser of the Grand Forks County Extension Office.

Tuition for the 2014 class is $150 for those wishing to become certified master gardeners or $400 for those interested in just talking the class. A registration form is available on the NDSU Extension website at For more information, contact the Grand Forks County Extension at (701) 780-8229.

Call Rupard at (701) 780-1122; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1122; or send email to

Wade Rupard

Wade Rupard is a reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. Rupard is a 2014 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and is originally from Normal, Ill. 

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