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Gardening Q&A: Tips for becoming a master level gardener

Ray Ridlen shares what's required to receive Master Gardener designation.
BY Ray Ridlen Published: April 15, 2013

The only charge for the Master Gardener program is a $100 course work fee. After completing the 12 weeks of training, you must take a certification exam, which will qualify you for the title of Oklahoma Master Gardener.

Since 1978, when the program first got underway in Oklahoma County, more than 6,000 Oklahomans have become Master Gardeners.

Altogether, they have donated more than 600,000 volunteer hours of service to our state with a conservative value in the millions of dollars.

In addition to volunteering their time to beautifying our state, Master Gardeners also meet once a month to extend their knowledge of gardening subjects.

They also travel together to see gardening projects throughout our area and are one of the most dynamic groups meeting in our state.

Becoming a Master Gardener is one of the most positive things you can do for your community.

It's also one of the best ways to help increase your own knowledge of gardening. I

If you would like more information about the Oklahoma County Master Gardener program, give us a call at 713-1125.

Ray Ridlen is an agriculture/horticulture educator for the Oklahoma County Extension Service. His column addresses frequently asked horticulture questions. For more information, call 713-1125.