Master gardeners offer class

By Joyell Nevins

January 15, 2014

MIAMI COUNTY - The Miami County Master Gardener program is offering a 6-week pruning class every Tuesday from 1-3 pm starting Feb. 11.

Dan Poast will be the instructor. His credentials include: 13 years as a Master Gardener Volunteer; 2009 Ohio State University Master Gardener Volunteer of the year; and six years as a certified ISA (International Society of Arboriculture).

The first two classes will meet at the Ohio State Extension Office, located on the ground floor of the Miami County Courthouse, 201 W. Main Street, Troy. Four classes will involve on-site pruning of shrubs and small trees using a variety of pruning equipment.

Class topics will include tree biology and how it relates to pruning, pruning equipment and care, as well as what, when, and how to prune. Students are asked to bring their pruning shears to the Feb. 18 class to learn how to properly sharpen them.

The cost of the class is $40 for non-Miami County Master Gardener Volunteers and $30 for current Master Gardener Volunteers located outside of Miami County. MG Continuing Education credits are two credit hours per class.

Class size is limited. Class payment is due at time of registration. You can pay at the Miami county Extension Office or send a check made out to O.S.U. Extension and mail to the address listed above. For more information, contact Melissa Hudelson at (937) 440-3945 or