Recently, 23 individuals completed the UW-Extension Master Gardener Level 1 training course offered by the UW-Extension Horticulture Program in Kenosha and Racine counties.

The training course was provided through flipped instruction which required the trainees to view online instructional videos prepared by state specialists and horticulture educators and to read chapters from the Master Gardener training manual before attending the in-person training sessions.

At the sessions, trainees were involved in hands-on, interactive activities which allowed them to apply what they had learned from the videos and readings. These interns join the 125 certified Master Gardner volunteers of Kenosha and Racine counties in bringing research-based information and educational programs to our area.

The 36-hour training was offered at three-hour sessions scheduled one day each week for 12 weeks in both the afternoon and the evening to accommodate work schedules. Topics taught included: general gardening practices, botany, vegetables, fruits, herbaceous plants, woody plants, entomology, plant pathology, integrated pest management, soils, turf, weeds and invasive plants.

Each intern will need to volunteer 24 or more hours from now through Oct. 1 at an approved Master Gardener project or event to become a certified Master Gardener volunteer for UW-Extension. They have been equipped to share their horticultural knowledge throughout local communities at community gardens, schools, summer camps, demonstration gardens, and many other places.

The UW-Extension offices in Kenosha and Racine counties work together to offer Master Gardener Level 1 training once per year.

The schedule for the 2018 training has not yet been released, but updates on the training will be posted on the UW-Extension websites for both counties: https://kenosha.uwex.edu or https://racine.uwex.edu. Additional information on the Master Gardener Program can be found on the Wisconsin Master Gardener website at www.wimastergardener.org.

100th anniversary

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Racine County UW-Extension, in partnership with Racine County, will host an open house in celebration of 100 years of Cooperative Extension in Racine County from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, at the Ives Grove County Office Complex, 14200 Washington Ave.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided, and there will be a short program at 6 p.m. Come and visit with past and present UW-Extension administrators, agents, educators and staff members who have played a part in creating the amazing history of UW-Extension in Racine County.

As the name Racine implies, Cooperative Extension has been rooted in this county for 100 years and will continue to plant research based information and educational programs throughout our landscapes for years to come.

Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen is the UW Extension Interim Horticulture Educator for Kenosha and Racine counties. Submit plant care questions to the Master Gardener Plant Health Advisers. mastergardeners@racinecounty.com or call 262-886-8451.

Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen is the UW Extension Interim Horticulture Educator for Kenosha and Racine counties. Submit plant care questions to the Master Gardener Plant Health Advisers. mastergardeners@racinecounty.com or call 262-886-8451.

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