Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dallas County will host Master Gardener trainings beginning Jan. 16 in Adel.

The Master Gardener course includes 40 hours of web-based and face-to-face local training and a one-day training session on the Iowa State University campus to take advantage of their special horticulture laboratories.

"Dallas, Madison and Warren counties have an active group of Master Gardeners who initiate and guide educational gardening projects throughout the tri-county area" said Cathy Simon, Regional Horticulture Education Coordinator.

"We are always looking for newly trained Master Gardeners to join us," Simon said. "We welcome long-term veterans of gardening, novices and those with varying degrees of experience to take the course and complete the program."

Iowa Master Gardener training covers many aspects of gardening – from soil and weed management to botany to growing all types of horticultural plants.

Since it started in 1979, the Iowa program has trained more than 10,000 gardeners.

To see a full description of the topics covered, visit the Iowa Master Gardener website at www.mastergardener.iastate.edu.

In partial exchange for training, Master Gardener participants are expected to share their time and knowledge in approved projects within their local communities.

Trainees must complete a one-year Master Gardener internship consisting of 40 hours of approved volunteer service projects.

In subsequent years, in order to maintain active Master Gardener status, an additional 12 hours of volunteer service and six hours of educational updates are required annually.

To register for the class, contact the Dallas County Extension and Outreach office at 515-993-4281 or email afeltner@iastate.edu.

More information and applications forms can be found on the Dallas County website at www.extension.iastate.edu/dallas. The fee for the course is $195.

The deadline to register has been extended until Jan. 16.