LISBON FALLS – The University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Androscoggin and Sagadahoc counties will offer a 70-hour master gardener volunteer training course starting from January to March 2005.

The volunteer program offers participants an opportunity to enhance their gardening skills and knowledge through in-depth training. In return, trained volunteers offer their time to help others so they will be successful in growing healthy plants. Participants agree to volunteer 70 hours to community service projects.

This year’s program will focus on landscape gardening. University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialists and other experts will provide in-depth training on topics as diverse as varieties best for Maine, how to prune trees and shrubs and how to establish and maintain home landscaping plants and lawns. Basics of plant care, pest management and soil management will also be taught.

There are a limited number of spaces. After interviews, successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance. There is a fee that covers costs of the course. For more information and an application form, contact the Extension Office at 1-800-287-1458 or 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls, ME 04252. All applications must be received before Nov. 30.

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