SDSU Extension Master Gardener training classes are now being formed. In order to become a Master Gardener, you must first attend an introductory half-day session, then complete a series of online classes as well as four hands-on sessions. Since 2013, the majority of Master Gardener training is offered online so you can get the training in the comfort of your own home or some other location where you have access to a computer, to complete the various modules of the training. The first modules will be available starting the end of April.
Do you like to garden? Do you like fresh, home-grown, nutritious vegetables and fruits? Do you want to learn more about how to take better care of your lawn, trees or shrubs? Are you curious about how plants grow and what they need to grow and be healthier? Do you want to make new friends that are also interested in these things? Do you like to teach and help people? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, then perhaps becoming a South Dakota Master Gardener is the right thing for you to do to satisfy those desires.
The LifeLight Festival Grounds Garden near Worthing, S.D. is starting its third year as a Master Gardener Project. Many individual gardens surround a pond. It is a very beautiful and tranquil place. Not only is it beautiful during the festival on Labor Day weekend but during the summer for company and club picnics. The gardens have also been used as backdrops for senior pictures, baptisms, club meetings and tours. This is the first year to be on the Minnehaha Master Gardener Tour of Gardens. We received the largest SD Master Gardener grant last year.
Each year the South Dakota Master Gardeners have a booth in the Horticulture Building at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, SD. We need volunteers to assist in working that booth during the duration of the fair which runs from September 1st through September 7th. You can earn Master Gardener volunteer hours while working in the Horticulture building assisting with such activities as: assisting presenters, Horticulture Building clean-up and setup, checking exhibits in and out, assisting judges, and readying exhibits for public viewing and maintaining exhibits.
The gold star badge may be awarded to any current, participating Master Gardener. Earlier graduates will be considered first in recognition for their efforts in implementing and initializing the master gardener program in SD. but chronological order is not mandatory. Please submit your nominations for Gold Star Badge Recipients no later than July 30, 2015 to David Graper or LeAnn Feuillerat.
Greetings to SDSU Extension Master Gardeners and interns all over the state. It has been my pleasure to work with you all as the Interim State Coordinator for the last six months. I have enjoyed getting reacquainted with old friends and meeting new Master Gardeners and Interns, particularly the 64 individuals from 27 different communities that are actively involved with the training this spring and summer. It is my sincere hope that you will find being a Master Gardener rewarding and fulfilling as you learn to hone your gardening skills, build your knowledge and then pass that information along to gardeners and future gardeners in communities around the state.
The Endowment Fund committee met in April with all members present. In 2015, we received a record number of applications, with the total funds requested far exceeding the amount we were able to spend. This year, there were 14 grant requests, with a total requested amount of $9068.04. Last year, there were 8 grant requests, with a total requested amount of $2551.19. The Endowment Fund Committee completed due diligence in evaluating all 2015 applications.