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Get out your trowel; an upcoming class will cater to local green thumbs.

Applications are available for the master gardener program, sponsored by Colorado State University Cooperative Extension. The program, which includes daylong classes on Tuesdays from Feb. 7 to April 10, will be taught by horticultural professors and agents from Colorado State University.

What: Master gardener program sponsored by Colorado State University Cooperative Extension

When: Tuesdays starting Feb. 7 and ending April 10; Applications are due Jan. 16.

Where: Olympian Hall

How much: $200

Applications are available at the Routt County Extension Office in the courthouse annex, 136 Sixth St. For information, call 879-0825.

Class topics will include soils, plant identification, lawn care, woody plants, entomology, plant pathology, water use and insects and diseases, said CJ Mucklow, Routt County's director of Colorado University Cooperative Extension.

"It's a great way to learn about horticulture and gardening," Mucklow said.

The class costs $200, which covers the cost of materials and classes. Gardeners get to keep the materials.

In return for the training, class members donate 50 hours to assist in aspects of horticulture. These projects have included beautification at senior centers, gardening in the classroom, individual plant health diagnostics, and enabling gardening. The projects are tailored to class members' interests, Mucklow said.

About 100 people have taken the class in the past decade, Mucklow said. About 25 of them chose to remain with the program beyond the required 50 hours of service.

"People get to stay with it and help," he said.

Mucklow said the class can hold about 50 people and that 20 must apply before the class takes place. The deadline to apply is Jan. 16. Those who apply early are more likely to be accepted to the class.

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