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Comanche County OSU Cooperative Extension
OSU State Horticulture Specialist, David Hillock teaching Botany to a previous Master Gardener class.
OSU State Horticulture Specialist, David Hillock teaching Botany to a previous Master Gardener class.

Have you ever wondered what that weed in your yard is or how to take better care of the plants? in your house? Do you want to expand your knowledge of vegetable gardening or caring for the trees in your yard? Oklahoma Cooperative Extension has the educational program for you! In January and February, we will be offering Master Gardener Classes for anyone who wants to learn about lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Master Gardener Classes will be held on Tuesdays in January and February, starting Jan. 12, and go for six weeks ending Feb.16, 2021. The classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To be named a Master Gardener you must attend 12 classes. So this course is offered once a year receiving half the credit this year and the other half of the classes in 2022.

This year we will be offering six classes in Comanche, Cotton and Stephens counties. On Jan. 12, we will kick of this year’s education learning about Woody Ornamental Plants at the Cotton County Fairgrounds in Walters. On Jan. 19, the leading Oklahoma State Soil Scientist, Hailin Zhang will be covering soil fertility at the Stephens County Fairgrounds in Duncan. Herbaceous ornamental plants will be our topic on Jan. 26 at the Comanche County Fairgrounds in Lawton. On Feb. 2, we will be back in Walters at the Cotton County Fairgrounds to learn about landscape garden insects. Feb. 9, we will cover vegetable gardening at the Stephens County Fairgrounds in Duncan. On Feb. 16, we finish up this year’s classes with an educational class on fruits and nuts at the Comanche County Fairgrounds in Lawton.

The course is open to area residents with a high school diploma, who are interested in learning the latest Oklahoma State University research-based home horticulture information and practices. Registration fee is $50 for first-year participants, and $25 for continuing participants, and is nonrefundable. All past Master Gardeners graduates are welcome, and classes are free. There will be a virtual option for individuals who request that service.

Registration fees cover weekly lectures from experts in the field, an electronic flash drive containing the master gardener notebook comprised of OSU Fact sheets, ranging from topics on soils to Oklahoma proven plants, fertilizers and pesticides, and much more. For information or registration, please contact Kimbreley Davis at the Cotton County OSU Extension Office at 580-875-3136 or Kimbreley.Davis@okstate.edu.