University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener training teaches you everything you need to know to plant and take care of your garden. It’s really a mini horticulture training program. People underestimate the impact of landscaping, including a garden and trees on the value of their real estate. Here’s a Wall Street journal article in support of this.
When: Wednesdays September 2 – November 18, 2015, from 9 am to 3:30 pm.
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave, 312-746-5100
Program Cost: $400 The deadline for applications is May 1, 2015. Attendance at all 12 sessions is mandatory. There is no opportunity to make up a missed class. The program fills up quickly.
Having the knowledge to maintain and care for your homes landscaping and trees is much more valuable then the $400 you’ll spend on this course. You’ll also receive a reference manual that retails for $100.
If you complete the program you can volunteer throughout the Chicago area with your specialized skills as a Master Gardener. I’m a Master Gardener and I’ve volunteered all over the city including planting grasses to restore native wetlands, I’ve manned a gardening education booth at the Garfield Park Conservatory and Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, and much more.
With ever-tightening budgets there’s endless need throughout the metropolitan area for people with specialized skills. There are many fun and interesting opportunities to volunteer as a Master Gardener.