AUGUSTA — University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program for Kennebec and Waldo counties is open for application.

The program provides participants with more than 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. In addition, the program trains volunteers to conduct and join sustainable horticulture projects in Kennebec and Waldo counties.

Trainees will receive the latest research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. The program will focus on ornamentals and will be on most Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 23 through mid-December.

Most classes will be held at Longfellow’s Greenhouse from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Participants must attend two of three tours held at other area sites in spring of 2013 and pass a written exam. To complete the course, participants must volunteer a minimum of 40 hours at approved community projects the first year. There are many ways to volunteer — demonstration gardens, school programs, Harvest for Hunger campaigns, newsletter articles, public talks and more.

Interested participants can apply by contacting University of Maine Cooperative Extension Kennebec County office by email at [email protected] or by phone at 622-7546 (local) or 800-287-1481.

The course application and fee are due Sept. 27 for first consideration. For more information on the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program, visit .

UMaine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. If you are a person with a disability and will need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Caragh Fitzgerald at 622-7546 / 800-287-1481 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least two weeks before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be accepted.