ORANGE CITY, Iowa — The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will hold its core training sessions this fall for individuals interested in becoming Master Gardener volunteers. Training will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays Aug. 24 through Nov. 2 in Orange City.

“The Master Gardener program equips participants to grow in knowledge about gardening best practices,” said Dawn Henderson, Horticulture Program Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach in Lyon, Osceola, O’Brien and Sioux counties. Annually, active Master Gardeners volunteer a minimum of 20 hours of service and participate in 10 hours of continuing education.

The training consists of horticulture education on houseplants, flowers, turf grass, vegetables, landscape design, woody landscape plants, plant propagation, fruits, soils, wildlife management, integrated pest management, plant pathology and entomology.

Sessions will feature field trips, local industry presenters and hands-on projects, as well as a one day class on the campus of ISU for Master Gardener trainees.

To register, visit https://mastergardenerhours.hort.iastate.edu/application-form.php or contact Dawn at (712) 472-2576 or dawnh@iastate.edu. Registration deadline is Aug. 9.