Master gardener session offered in Anchorage

Time: 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
Location: Extension's Anchorage Outreach Center, 1840 Bragaw St., Suite 100

Gardeners seeking to improve their skills may sign up for a master gardener training session in Anchorage that begins Sept. 11.

Strawberries and vegetables grow in raised beds near the Delaney Park Strip in Anchorage.

Stephen Brown, the agriculture and horticulture agent for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service in Palmer, will teach the session from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Extension’s Anchorage Outreach Center, 1840 Bragaw St., Suite 100.

The training provides a broad horticultural background. Topics include botany, soils, vegetable production using organic and conventional techniques, integrated pest management, greenhouses, lawns, houseplants, trees/shrubs, flowers and invasive plants.

The fee of $300 includes materials and a copy of Extension’s sustainable gardening handbook. Participants must complete 40 hours of community service involving horticulture to become an Alaska master gardener. Students who complete their community service within one year of the class start date will receive a 50 percent registration rebate.

Individuals may register online at http://bit.ly/AnchMG17 or at the Anchorage Outreach Center. For more information, contact Brown at 907-745-3639 or scbrown4@alaska.edu or DeShana York at 907-786-6330 or ddyork@alaska.edu.

ADDITIONAL CONTACT: Debbie Carter, 907-474-5406, dscarter@alaska.edu.