The Oregon State University Extension Service’s annual Master Gardener training will be held at the Tillamook Bay Community College on Thursdays, from 9 am to 4:30 pm, starting in January. To obtain a schedule or get more information, please contact the OSU Extension Service, 2204 Fourth Street, Tillamook; phone 503-842-3433; or go to our website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/tillamook/osu-master-gardener-classes. The 12-week course, offered by the Tillamook office of Oregon State University Extension Service, will cover soils, propagation, pruning, landscape and garden planning and design, suitable plants for coastal gardening and landscaping, pest and disease control, weed management, orchards, raised beds, and other topics of interest to local gardeners. Students will experience a variety of hands on and interactive training, including greenhouse techniques at our learning garden, assisted by local Master Gardeners and OSU staff. The program also requires 60 hours of community service work in the first year of training, including advising the public during Master Gardener office hours. “By taking the Master Gardener classes, and in helping others, our Master Gardener apprentices develop their own expertise and abilities to better serve the community. This is a great way to help yourself and others enjoy their gardens using current scientific knowledge,” Joy Jones, local OSU Extension Agent, says. “The classes are very informative and professional,” one of last year’s students says. “The time flies, I had a lot of fun, and I am a much more informed and capable gardener now. My gardening skills really improved. This is the best bargain a gardener could find.” Tuition is $120, 60 hours of community service and includes the comprehensive Sustainable Gardening book, as well as access to a wide range of printed and on-line resources, and experienced professional instructors. For those who do not have the time or desire to volunteer, they too may take the training and receive a certificate of horticulture. The fee for this option is $240.