Master Gardeners to sponsor seminar

PARKERSBURG – The Wood County Master Gardeners are sponsoring its Spring Gardening Seminar and Plant Sale from 6-9 p.m., April 10 at the Parkersburg Municipal Building.

The seminar and sale are open to the public.

The theme of the seminars is “Sprouting Success.” Food and door prizes will be available.

The seminar will include “Starting Seeds,” with John Morgan from Bob’s Market and Greenhouse; “Landscaping Around the Home,” with Jim Gottfried, from Greenleaf Landscaping, and “What Master Gardeners Do for You,” with J.J. Barrett, agent with the West Virginia University Extension Service.

“Lasagna Gardening,” will be presented by Judith Benedetti, with the Wood County Master Gardener Program, and “Low Cost High Tunnel Construction,” will be presented by Terry Hudson, Hudson Farms.

Master Gardeners are volunteers trained in small scale food production, horticulture, and gardening through the training course. These volunteers, in turn, share their knowledge with the community.

To become a certified master gardener, individuals must complete the required 30 hours of course work then perform 30 hours of community service. The classes recently concluded, and Barrett said about 10 individuals completed the training.

Master Gardeners undertake community-based gardening projects and help the public find solutions to gardening and horticulture problems.

The plant sale is a fundraiser for the club. In addition to education, the group also provides community service, including helping with community gardens and other community gardening projects.

For more information and to register for the seminar, call the extension office at 304-424-1960 or email Barrett at: