2020 Extension Master Gardener Program of Clay County, March 5 Postponed

— Written By Craig Wininger
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Would you like to know how to garden more efficiently? Do you want to learn how to control all the diseases and pests of your favorite plant? Are you interested in sharing your knowledge with others? If those answers are yes you should become a Master Gardener℠ volunteer!


The Extension Master Gardener℠ program of Clay County is an educational program designed to enhance public education in the horticulture field. It provides educational programs to the citizens of clay county concerning lawns, fruits, vegetables, trees, and ornamentals through the utilization of a trained and supervised volunteer staff.

The Master Gardener℠ volunteer course starts March 5, 2020. The fee for the program is $130 which includes the North Carolina Extension Gardener Hard Back Handbook (the handbook will be given out on March 5). Course limit is 50 participants.

Call the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Clay County Center at (828) 389-6305 or come by our office at 25 Riverside Circle, Hayesville (In the Community Services Building) for more information. To sign up visit https://claycountymg.eventbrite.com.

Master Gardener℠ Volunteers of Clay County 2020 Course Tentative Schedule

Location for all 2020 classes:

Clay County Community Services Building
25 Riverside Circle, Suite 2
Hayesville, NC 28904

All classes will start at 9 a.m. sharp and end at 1 p.m. 

Thursday, March 5 
9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Hand out books/Introductions

Master Gardener℠ volunteer luncheon and introductions

Tuesday, March 10 
9 –11 a.m. – Volunteer orientation/Volunteer readiness

11 a.m.–1 p.m. – Group building activity/Visit Master Gardener℠ volunteer projects

Thursday, March 12

9–11 a.m. – Intro to Plant Science/Soil Types & Analysis

Craig Wininger Clay County AG Agent

11 a.m.–1 p.m. – Proper Plant: Selection/Maintenance & Home Propagation

Dena Westbrooks, Master Gardener℠ volunteer of Clay County

Tuesday, March 17

9 a.m.–1 p.m. – Hands-on propagation workshop

Karen Taylor – Taylor’s Nursery Robbinsville

Thursday, March 19

Wild Flowers and Wild orchids

Tuesday, March 24

9 a.m.–1 p.m. – Integrated Pest Management

Kathy Smith, Master Gardener℠ volunteer of Clay County

Tuesday, March 31

9 a.m.–11 a.m. – Native Plants

Randy Collins – Director, N.C. Cooperative Extension in Graham County

11 a.m.–1 p.m. – Wildflowers

Steve Banakas

Thursday, April 2

9 a.m.–1 p.m. – Mid-term exam

Tuesday, April 7

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Composting and Invasive plants

Susan Paterson Master Gardener℠ volunteer of Clay County

Tuesday, April 14 
9 a.m.–1 p.m. – Fruits & Vegetables: Pathology, Entomology, Maintenance, & Selection

Craig Mauney, NC State University Small Fruit & Vegetable Specialist

Tuesday, April 21
9–11 a.m. – Turf Management Selection

Danny Keith –  Master Gardener℠ volunteer of Clay County

11 a.m.–1 p.m. – Pesticide Safety

Craig Wininger

Thursday, April 23

Bring laptops/tablets if available
9–11 a.m. – Navigating NC State University Garden/Important Resources for EMGVS

11 a.m.–11:30 a.m. – Master Gardener℠ volunteer upcoming events

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. – Navigating other NC State University Horticulture portals, leadership, communications, basic office procedures, and use of various media to make broader impacts outside of the community.

Tuesday, April 28
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Tony Ward – Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition

Invasive Plants, Riparian Buffers, Nature Walk

Thursday, April 30

9 a.m.–1 p.m. – Final exam