UH extends master gardener training application deadline

The University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension has extended the application deadline for the 2018 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program for East Hawaii home gardeners until Jan. 10.

The course begins Jan. 24 and takes place Wednesday mornings through April. The three-hour classes are from 9 a.m.-noon at the Komohana Research Center, 875 Komohana St., Room D-202, in Hilo.

Course topics include basic botany, native Hawaiian plants, invasive plant species, tropical ornamental plants, plant nutrition, soil fertility and nutrient management, insect and plant disease management, plant propagation and pruning, fruit and vegetable crops, organic gardening, and diagnosing plant health problems.

The fee for the course is $200. To learn more about the East Hawaii Master Gardener certification program and to apply online, visit www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/UHMG/EastHI/index.asp and click on “2018 online application.”

For more information, an open house is scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 10 at the center, Room D-202, or contact Susan Miyasaka, interim CTAHR Hawaii Island administrator, at 969-8258 or miyasaka@hawaii.edu.