The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 S. Idaho St., will offer a 40-hour Master Gardener training.

The training will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 17, 24 and 31 and Nov. 7 and 14.

Sessions will be held at the extension service. A $75 fee is for training materials and the membership dues for the trainee’s first year, according to a news release.

“The Master Gardener program is offered by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service and is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and improve quality of life with horticultural projects,” according to a news release.

“Goals are implemented through the training and employment of local volunteers. These volunteers, known as Master Gardeners, aid the extension service by running plant clinics; answering phone requests for horticultural information; establishing and maintaining demonstration gardens; working with the handicapped, the elderly, and other special groups in the community; designing and implementing community improvement projects; as well as coordinating Master Gardener programs,” according to a news release.

The program is open to local residents as well as residents from nearby counties.

“Many people seem to think Master Gardeners are terrific gardeners, the folks who know

everything about growing anything,” Christine Cooley, Jefferson County extension agent, said. “That description is fairly accurate for some Master Gardeners while others are just people who enjoy gardening and spending time with other gardeners.”

People interested in the training should call the Jefferson County Extension office at 870-534-1033 for details and an application.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.