2014 Intern Course Schedule

2014 WCMG Intern Course Schedule

September 11th – UT/TSU Extension & WCMG Program Overview
Education Building- Ward Ag. Center

September 18th – It’s Called Soil, Not Dirt!
Debbie Joines, UT Soil, Plant and Pest Center
Education Building- Ward Ag. Center

September 25th – Basic Botany & Seed Starting
Justin Stefanski & Marianne Pelletier, Certified WCMG
Veterans Building- Ward Ag. Center

October 6th – Plant Diseases- Pathology 101 –
Dr. Alan Windham, UT Soil, Plant and Pest Center
Education Building- Ward Ag. Center

October 9th – All about Bugs – Entomology 101
Amy Dismukes, Extension Agent, Williamson Co.
Education Building- Ward Ag. Center

October 16th – Make Your Neighbors Jealous, Lawn Care Essentials
Mitchell Mote, Extension Agent, Rutherford Co.
Education Building- Ward Ag. Center

October 23rd – Veggie Gardening & Organics101
Justin Stefanski, Extension Agent, Wilson Co.
School Exhibits Building – Ward Ag. Center

October 30th – Bad Plants and Better Solutions & Proper Pruning
Justin Stefanski, Extension Agent, Wilson Co.
Education Building- Ward Ag. Center

November 6th – Sustainable Landscapes & Native Plants of Middle Tennessee
Justin Stefanski, Extension Agent, Wilson Co.
Education Building- Ward Ag. Center

November 10th – Backyard Wildlife, Birds, Squirrels, Snakes & More!
Polly Rooker, TWRA Wildlife Biologist
Education Building- Ward Ag. Center

November 20th – Course Wrap Up & Final Exam, Study Hard Interns!
UT/TSU Wilson Co. Extension Office

December 2nd – Intern Graduation Ceremony & WCMG Christmas Party
Education Building- Ward Ag. Center

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New Butterfly Garden Photos & Video Posted – 8 Sept 2014

Check out the photos and video taken Monday, 8 September 2014 at the Butterfly Garden at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. Thank you Linda Robertson for your countless hours of work and dedication to the butterfly garden, and for sharing your photos and video.

Click the image or link below for additional photos of the butterfly garden.

Giant Swallowtail caterpillar at Cedars of Lebanon State Park Butterfly Garden – 8 September 2014

Giant Swallowtail caterpillar at Cedars of Lebanon State Park Butterfly Garden – 8 September 2014

http://wilsoncountymg.org/media/photos-our-gardens/butterfly-garden-at-cedars-of-lebanon-state-park/

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2014 Intern Class Schedule Posted

The 2014 Master Gardener Intern training in Wilson County.is scheduled to begin Thursday, 11 September. Classes are being conducted in the Education Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. Below is the schedule and class syllabus and here is a pdf of the list: Fall 2014 Intern Class Schedule.

September 11 – Introduction and Master Gardener/Extension Overview
September 18 – Soils – Debbie Joines
September 25 – Botany and Seed Starting
September 26 – Vegetable and Organic Gardening
October 6 – Plant Pathology – Alan Windham
October 9 – Entomology- Amy Dismukes
October 16 – Lawn Care and Weed Management – Mitchell Mote
October 23 – Sustainable Gardening and Native Plants
October 30 – Herbaceous Ornamentals and Landscape Design/Woody Ornamentals?
November 6 – Invasive Plants and Pesticide Safety
November 10 – Backyard Wildlife Management – Polly Rooker
November 20 – Course Wrap-up and Final Exam
December 2 – Graduation Ceremony and WCMG Christmas Party

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New State Master Gardener Coordinator for Tennessee Announced

Welcome to our New State Master Gardener Coordinator!
 

UT Extension would like to welcome Dr. Bumgarner to her new position of Residential Horticulture Extension Specialist and State Master Gardener Coordinator. Dr. Bumgarner will begin in her new position October 21 and she will be located at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the Department of Plant Sciences. Her appointment is 100% UT Extension and she will be responsible for the Statewide Master Gardener Program that trains and certifies volunteers for home horticulture-based community service through Extension offices as well as her responsibilities as a residential/consumer horticulture specialist including fruit, vegetable and ornamental gardening.

Dr. Bumgarner graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture. She received her PhD in Horticulture and Crop Science from The Ohio State University. Since then she has worked as a Post-doctoral Researcher at The Ohio State University and Horticulturist and Research Director for Crop King, Inc. She has strong expertise and experience through outreach and educational presentations to Extension, classroom.

Dr. Bumgarner says that she is “truly excited about joining UT Plant Sciences Dept. and working in the area of residential and consumer horticulture. For me there is no better career description than one that provides the opportunity to combine applied research and teaching in gardens and landscapes with the service and outreach mission of Extension.”

Source:  Taking Root, UT Extension, Tennessee Master Gardener Volunteer  Special Issue /2014, Publisher: Carol Burdett: carolburdett@live.com  

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WCMG Meeting – Borer and Fire Ant Management, 2 September 2014

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The Wilson County Master Gardener Association meets at 6:30 PM in the Education Building, James E. Ward Ag. Center, 945 East Baddour Parkway, Lebanon TN 37087. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Jason Oliver discussing Borer and Fire Ant Management in Landscapes.
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fire.us_expansion_map00Dr. Oliver is an Associate Professor of Entomology and the entomology program lead at TSU’s Floyd Nursery Research Center in McMinnville. He is an authority on fire ants and wood-boring beetles, and conducts research in the areas of integrated pest management, biological control, and semiochemicals/trap development.

Bio: http://www.tnstate.edu/agriculture/resumes/jason_oliver.aspx

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