2017 FAIRBANKS MASTER GARDENER COURSE
with Julie Riley, horticulture agent
Feb. 9-April 6 — Tuesdays & Thursdays — noon-3 p.m.
Come join us this February for the Master Gardener course! We have an exciting agenda planned with lots of hands-on lessons, field trips and guest instructors. Class will be taught by Julie Riley, horticulture agent, who joins us from the Anchorage Extension office.
Learn how to get your garden growing this spring and well into the summer with abundant colorful blooms, hearty vegetables, thriving lawns and more. Learn gardening skills to share with others in our commumity. You will earn a Master Gardener certificate upon successful completion of class and an honorary badge after fulfilling your 40-hour volunteer commitment. Come grow with us!
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About the Course
DESCRIPTION: The Fairbanks Master Gardener course starts with an introduction to Alaska horticulture, covers the basics of botany and soils and then launches into three-hour sessions on each of the following primary gardening topics: food gardening (vegetables and fruit crops), greenhouse construction and heating, growing organically, annual and perennial flowers, selecting and planting trees and shrubs, lawns, plant disease, insect pests, principles of integrated pest management, invasive plants and weed control, and growing houseplants. For a peek at plans for each class, check out the agenda, or scroll down to Course Agenda. (Agenda subject to change.) The last class is an open-book exam.
PREREQUISITE: One year of Alaska gardening experience. If you do not meet the prerequisite but have a familiarity with Alaska gardening conditions, please contact the instructor at 907-474-2423.
VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENT: By registering for the Fairbanks Master Gardener course, you are committing yourself to 40 hours of volunteer service. More information on volunteer opportunities can be seen at here. If you have questions, contact the Cooperative Extension Service office at 907-474-1530 .
Take a look at our lineup of great topics, guest instructors and field trips!
Thurs., Feb. 9 — Introduction to the Master Gardener Program & Agriculture/Horticulture in Alaska, Julie Riley, horticulture agent, Cooperative Extension Service (CES), UAF School of Natural Resources & Extension (SNRE)
Tues., Feb. 14 — Welcome to the Master Gardener Program & Master Gardeners of the Tanana Valley, Emily Reiter, president; Botany Basics, Julie Riley
Thurs., Feb. 16 — Soil Basics, Steven Seefeldt, CES horticulture specialist and UAF Georgeson Botanical Garden director
Tues., Feb. 21 — Lawn Establishment & Maintenance, Stephen Brown, CES ag/hort agent, Palmer
Thurs., Feb. 23 — Growing Organically (quiz no. 1), Julie Riley
Tues., Feb. 28 — Food Production: Vegetables, Part 1, Julie Riley
Thurs., March 2 — Food Production: Vegetables, Part 2, Julie Riley
Tues., March 7 — Greenhouse Construction & Heating: High Tunnels, Art Nash, CES energy specialist
Thurs., March 9 — Field Trip: UAF Greenhouse, Meriam Karlsson, SNRE professor of horticulture; UAF Georgeson Botanical Garden Volunteer Opportunities, Steven Seefeldt
Tues., March 14 — Plant Disease (quiz no. 2), Julie Riley
Thurs., March 16 — Integrated Pest Management: Yard & Garden INSECTS, Darcy Etcheverry, CES agriculture & IPM program assistant
Tues., March 21 — Annual and Perennial Flowers, Julie Riley
Thurs., March 23 — Invasive Plants & Weed Control Strategies, Julie Riley and Phil Kaspari, CES agriculture agent, Delta Junction
Tues., March 28 — Fruit Crops & Edible Landscaping, Julie Riley
Thurs., March 30 — Selecting & Planting Trees and Shrubs, Julie Riley
Tues., April 4 — Growing Plants Indoors, Julie Riley; Master Gardeners of the Tanana Valley, Emily Reiter, president
Thurs., April 6 — Exam, open book (extended exam hours)
Download agenda for your class notes.
(Agenda subject to change.)
How to Register
- Register and pay course fee: Use your credit card for easy, secure online registration. (If you need help with your onilne registration, please contact Anna-Mariah Kelly at 907-474-5042.)
- Compete the online Master Gardener Volunteer Application. (This step is required immediately following registration.)
(Should you wish to pay with check or cash, please visit our office during business hours for assistance with both online registration and the volunteer application. We are open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and closed from 1-2 p.m. daily. Sorry, we are unable to hold your spot in class until payment in full is received.)
TUITION WAIVER: A limited number of tuition waivers are available for those with financial need on a first-come basis. If you wish to be considered for a waiver, please complete the Tuition Waiver Request before registering and paying for the course. Also, be sure to complete the online Master Gardener Volunteer Application. Once your request has been reviewed, you will be contacted to let you know if it was approved or if you need to submit the $300 registration payment.
Class Interest List
If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact us:
- Julie Riley, instructor, 907-474-2423 or email@example.com
- Ronda Boswell, administrative assistant, 907-474-1530 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Anna-Mariah Kelly, professional development/online registration, 907-474-5042 or email@example.com
How to Find Us
LOCATION: 724 27th Ave., Suites 2, Fairbanks
We are located within the Fairbanks Community Food Bank building and have a private entrance. To enter our office, please drive around to the back of the building (27th Avenue side) and look for our entrance on the corner of 27th Avenue and Rickert Street. Free parking is avaiable in our reserved lot just across the street.
- Driving directions: The easiest way to find us is to drive south on South Cushman Street, then take a right on 27th Avenue. Drive two blocks to the intersection of 27th Avenue and Rickert Street. Look to your right for our building and parking lot.
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HOURS: We are available to assist you Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We close daily for lunch from 1 to 2 p.m.
PHONE: Still have questions? Please call us at 907-474-1530 — we are happy to help!