Applications available for next year’s Master Gardener training through UH

Applications for the 2014 Maui Master Gardener training are now available.

The deadline to apply for the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service program is Nov. 8.

The 16-week class will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays beginning Jan. 15 and through May 7 (except March 26).

Among the topics covered will be botany, soils, plant propagation, Hawaiian natives, common plant pests and diseases, weed management, pesticide and food safety, orchids, lawns, vegetables, tropical fruits, organic gardening and integrated pest management.

Participants will learn how to disseminate unbiased, research-based information to the gardening community.

In exchange for the training, graduates of the course volunteer a minimum of 50 hours in order to become certified Master Gardeners.

Master Gardener volunteer activities could include: staffing booths at the Maui Fair, hosting plant clinics and plant sales, conducting workshops, developing and maintaining educational gardens, writing advice columns for newspapers and operating the help desk at the Maui County Extension office answering gardening questions.

The classes are open to adults (18 years and over) who love gardening and want to learn and to share their knowledge with others through volunteer educational services.

Classes will meet at the Community Services Building (Building 205), University of Hawaii Maui College, 310 Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului.

The enrollment fee is $125 for training materials.

To receive an application to the program, contact Lorraine Brooks, urban horticulture extension agent, at 244-3242, ext. 229, or e-mail