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tower2010Burlington--Do you love gardening and want to learn how to grow fruits and vegetables more sustainably? Or perhaps your passion lies with landscape design or cultivating perennials.

The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener Program is now accepting registrations for a comprehensive 13-week home horticulture course. It is designed to provide gardeners of all levels of expertise with intensive training in a number of areas including food production, flower gardening, rain gardens, sustainable landscaping and pest and disease control, among other topics.

The course will be offered Tuesday evenings, beginning Feb. 5, at Vermont Interactive Technologies sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston. All classes run from 6:15 to 9 p.m. with the exception of the first class, which will start at 5:45 p.m.

The registration fee is $340 plus an additional $55 for the required textbook. Registrations received after Jan. 18 will be charged a $25 late fee.

A downloadable registration form and additional course details, including scholarship information, may be found online at Or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (802) 656-9562.

Confirmation will be sent by e-mail within two weeks of receipt of full payment along with information on class location, directions and the date course materials will be shipped. Because the course usually fills up quickly, early registration is advised.

Anyone requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate should notify the UVM Extension Master Gardener Program office at (802) 656-9562 by Jan. 4.

Course graduates may earn their Extension Master Gardener certification by completing a 40-hour internship that may include preparing and staffing exhibits, presenting talks to local groups or participating in UVM Extension Master Gardener service projects in their communities. Interns, along with certified master gardeners, also are eligible for advanced gardening workshops and private garden tours to stay current on horticultural research and educational information pertinent to Vermont.