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Master Gardener classes coming

People interested in becoming a Suffolk Master Gardener can sign up for classes beginning next month and attend interest meetings this week about the classes.

Master Gardener volunteers support the Virginia Tech Extension services, provide a resource to gardeners in the community and do other community service.

“Becoming an Extension Master Gardener volunteer is a very fulfilling thing,” said Wanda Gerard, a volunteer. “Meeting and working with fellow Master Gardeners, you become like a family, and you learn more from each other.”

Gerard said being a Master Gardener volunteer is especially rewarding when sharing information with the public.

“It’s just very rewarding to share information and see people get it,” Gerard said. “They understand how to plant something and how to grow something and how to understand how things happen.”

The classes are required to become a volunteer and teach many aspects of gardening, including soil, water, vegetables, trees, pest management, good stewardship of the land and more.

Gerard said at least eight more students are needed to sign up for the classes.

Interest meetings are being held this week from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, all at 440 Market St. in the conference room on the third floor.

The actual classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon from early September through mid-November, at the same location. There will also be a few Saturday classes.

For more information, call or text Gerard as soon as possible at 1-443-742-2593.