UW-Extension offering online class to help gardeners level-up skills

For the Tomahawk Leader

WISCONSIN – The UW-Madison Division of Extension Horticulture Program is offering an online class to help gardeners level-up their skills.

The complete-at-your-own-pace introductory course, Growing and Caring for Plants in Wisconsin: Foundations in Gardening, will focus on “key concepts for selecting, growing and maintaining plants – from trees to houseplants to vegetables and everything in between,” Extension said in a release.

Extension said that by the end of the course, participants will be able to link gardening practices and biology to preventing plant problems; explain how to select, grow and maintain the health of different kinds of plants; identify strategies to manage plant problems; and explain what Integrated Pest Management is and how it benefits people and the environment.

The course includes 14 modules with online videos featuring Extension specialists, readings, activities and additional resources, and special course features include live webinars with Extension experts who teach and answer your questions.

All webinars will be recorded and can be viewed anytime, Extension noted.

“Dig deeper into important course concepts by registering for four optional online labs led by Extension educators,” Extension stated. “You’ll practice applying course concepts to real-life situations.”

All labs will be held via Zoom and will be recorded for later viewing. The online labs will be available for purchase for an additional fee.

The course will run from Sunday, Sept. 10 to Saturday, Dec. 9.

Early Bird registration will be open from Monday, July 17 until Monday, Aug. 14. The Early Bird registration rate of $299.00 includes an electronic version of manual (PDF). For those in need of financial assistance, limited scholarships are available during Early Bird registration.

Hard copies of the course manual are also available for purchase at time of registration.

Learn more about the course by visiting www.tinyurl.com/bdenfr75 or by contacting course moderator Amy Freidig at [email protected].

For those interested in becoming a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener, the course is considered an approved learning opportunity from the Wisconsin Extension Horticulture Program. Visit www.tinyurl.com/4dmswxmk for more information.

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