Initial Training Program

Cherokee County NC ExtensionMaster Gardeners

Keith Wood

Instructor: Keith Wood
Extension Agent, Agriculture
Cherokee County, NC

The Cherokee County Extension Master Gardener training program is offered once a year. To register for the next class, contact the County Extension Office: 828-837-2210

2020 Class Schedule

Master Gardener Orientation: Keith Wood (Ag Agent, Cherokee County), Nola Cooper (Cherokee County Master Gardener President), History of Cooperative Extension and Master Gardener Volunteer Program (Mary Yount)

Soils & Soil Fertility: Keith Wood
Soil Sampling and how to decipher the report

Plant diseases: Keith Wood
Butterfly Gardening: Vic Johnson (Cherokee County MG)

MG Meeting and Luncheon for Students

Propagation Workshop: Karen Taylor (Small Business Owner, Robbinsville,NC)

Fire Wise Landscaping: Doug Clement (Cherokee Co Extension Director)
Fruit Tree Pruning Demonstration: location TBA
*Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoors.

Vegetable Gardening & Integrated Pest Management: Keith Wood
Insects: Melissa Mattee (Fulton County Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent)

Landscaping Architecture: Tom Benecke (Cherokee Co Master Gardener)
Bees in the Garden: Tom Handford, (Cherokee County Master Gardener and Master Beekeeper)

4-H Program: Shannon Coleman
Composting: Vic Johnson (Cherokee County MG)
Vermicomposting: Arleene Ward

Pesticides: Keith Wood
Native Plants: Randy Collins (Graham Co. Extension Director)

Medicinal Herbs and Uses: EBCI Tribal Members
Tree Fruit: Ashley Hoppers
Small Fruit: Ashley Hoppers

NCSU Garden: Charlotte Glenn (State Master Gardener Coordinator) 1.5 hrs
Plant ID: Keith Wood

Wildlife: Michael Stiles (Mountain Critters Wildlife Control)
Wildflowers: Steve Banakas

No Class – (Possible field trip)

Trip to Asheville Arboretum

Cherokee County MG Project Tour: Tom Benecke (Cherokee Co Master Gardener)
Woody Ornamentals: Keith Wood

Raised Beds: Keith Wood
Invasive plants: Tony Ward (Western Region Program Coordinator for Mountain True)

Hydroponic Gardening: Tom Benecke (Cherokee Co Master Gardener)
Exam Review

Final Exam

Inclement Weather Policy

If the weather becomes questionable due to snow, ice or other hazardous driving conditions, we will follow the public school closing announcements from Cherokee County Schools. If school is canceled, due to inclement weather, there will be no classes on that day. There will be class if schools are just delayed. You can find school closing information on the TV, radio or sign up for text messages. You can also call WKRK radio station at 828-835-3200 to get school closings.

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