2018 Class Syllabus

February 7, 2018

Veterans /American Legion Building

ORIENTATION (2-3 hours) / Rhonda Britton

Objectives:

  • Welcome to the program
  • Review schedules and program requirements
  • Understand rights and responsibilities as a student in the program
  • Meet program staff and class participants

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for after Orientation:

  • Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 1

Additional Resources Online:

In Class Handouts:

  • Soil Test Box (For Class 1)
  • Soil Test Lab Sheet (For Class 1)
  • ANR-0006-A Home Soil Testing: Taking a Sample


Class 1 / February 14, 2018

Veterans /American Legion Building

BASIC BOTANY/PLANT PHYSIOLOGY  (3.5 hours)

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Rudy Pacumbaba   

 Objectives:

  • Review basic plant parts/structures and their functions in plant growth and development
  • Understand relationship of photosynthesis and respiration to plant growth and development
  • Identify the basic requirements for plant growth including the 12 essential elements
  • Recognize the process by which plants absorb essential elements

 REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Basic Botany:

SERVICE REPORT AND REGISTRATION
Guest Lecturer: TBA
IN CLASS Handout:


Class 2 / February 21, 2018

Veterans /American Legion Building

TREES AND SHRUB PRUNING TECHNIQUES

Guest Lecturer: Hunter McBrayer

PLANTING (HANDS ON)

Objectives:

  • Become familiar with basic cultural practices relating to the planting and care of trees
  • Understand the importance of proper site analysis and selection
  • Learn to identify and control major diseases of trees
  • Recognize types of trees successfully grown in this geographic region
  • Learn appropriate basic pruning techniques

REQUIRED Reading for Assignment for Trees and Pruning Techniques

IN CLASS Handout:


 Class 3 / February 28, 2018

Veterans/American Legion Building

SOILS AND PLANT NUTRITION (4 hours)

Guest Lecturer: Dr. CharlesMitchell / Rhonda Britton

 Objectives:

  • Identify the five factors of soil formation
  • Recognize the physical components of soil
  • Be able to identify and explain the function of the elements essential to plant growth
  • Recognize types of fertilizer and their appropriate uses

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Soils & Fertilizers:

Additional Resources for Soils & Fertilizers

ONLINE Handouts:

IN CLASS Handout:


Class 4 / March 7, 2018

Veterans/American Legion Building

ENTOMOLOGY (4 hours)

Guest Lecturers: Dr. Ayanava Majumdar (Dr. A)Chris Becker

Objectives:

  • Learn to identify and control various types of common insects
  • Become familiar with the principles of pesticide safety

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Entomology

  • Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 4; Chapter 9, pages 223-225; Chapter 10, pages 312-317; Chapter 11, pages 353-359.

Additional Resources for Entomology:
ONLINE Handouts:

 IN CLASS Handout:


Class 5 / March 14, 2018

Veterans/American Legion Building

PLANT PROPAGATION

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Rudy Pacumbaba

And PROPAGATION STATIONS (Hands On) & Master Gardeners

This is a hands-on class. Bring your garden gloves.  We will split into small groups to rotate through four learning stations.

Experienced MGs will show you various types of propagation and you will practice some of them. You will keep what you plant, so bring a box in which to place your plants for transport.  Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

 Objectives:

  • Be able to categorize methods of propagation as sexual or asexual
  • Learn techniques and methods of vegetative propagation (asexual)
  • Learn techniques and methods of propagation by seeds (sexual)

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Plant Propagation

Additional Resources for Propagation

ONLINE Handouts

IN CLASS Handouts:


Class 6 / March 21, 2018

Veterans/American Legion Building

VEGETABLE GARDENING/PRODUCTION (2 Hours)

Guest Lecturer: Dani Carroll

Objectives:

Understand the basics of small-scale vegetable gardening
  • Understand planting schedules and fertilization
  • Review methods of insect and disease control
  • Learn harvesting and storage techniques

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Vegetables

 Additional Resources for Vegetables

IN CLASS Handout:

HELP DESK ORIENTATION

Guest Lecturer: TBA


Class 7 / March 28, 2018

Veterans/American Legion Building

PLANT PATHOLOGY

Guest Lecturer:  Dr. Jim Jacobi

 Objectives:

  • Learn to identify the major diseases of ornamental flowers, shrubs, and trees
  • Acquire knowledge of techniques for diagnosing growth problems of ornamentals

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Plant Pathology:

Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 5; Chapter 9, pages 223-225; Chapter 10, pages 293-311

Diagnostic Chart for Plant Problems

Additional Resources for Plant Pathology

IN CLASS Handout:


Class 8 / April 4, 2018

Veterans/American Legion Building

CONTAINER GARDENS

Guest Lecturers: Eric Shavey

Objectives:

  • Review the principles of color selection
  • Identify the principles and demonstrate successful container gardening
  • Become familiar with their growth habits and best cultural practices

REQUIRED Reading Assignments

• Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 14 and 15

Additional Resources

ONLINE Handouts:

IN CLASS Handouts:

BACKYARD FRUIT PRODUCTION

Guest Lecturer: Hunter McBrayer

Objectives:

  • Identify the recommended varieties of small fruits for this growing zone
  • Gain an awareness of the basic cultural practices for small fruits
  • Become familiar with methods to identify and control insects and diseases in home orchards and on fruits & nuts.
  • Learn basic pruning techniques

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Small Fruits & Nuts: Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 13

ONLINE HANDOUT

IN CLASS Handout:


Class 9 / April 11, 2018

HSV Botanical Gardens  

PLANT SELECTION, CARE & GARDEN TOUR

Guest Lecturer: Harvey Cotten

Objectives:

  • Learn what to look for in a plant, e. growth habit, and cultural requirements
  • Obtain an overview of plants that perform well in our growing zone

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Plant Selection:

Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 3, pages 77-82, Chapter 9, pages 185-206, Chapter 10, 225-264

Additional Resources for Plant Selection

  • Search www.ACES.edu Website for specific plants of interest i.e. boxwoods

ONLINE Handouts:

IN CLASS Handout:


Class 10 / April 18, 2018

Veterans/American Legion Building

HERBS / ANNUALS & PERENNIALS

Guest Lecturer: Allyson Shabel

Objectives:

  • Review the principles of color selection
  • Learn the basics of herb gardening including varieties appropriate for our area
  • Gain an awareness of growing, harvesting, and storage and use techniques
  • Learn about the selection and care of annuals and perennials
  • Become familiar with their growth habits and best cultural practices

REQUIRED Reading Assignments

  • Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 14 and 15
  • HE-0605 Drying Herbs
  • Some suggested Herbs of North Alabama
  • ANR 1037 Growing Herbs in Containers
  • ANR 1164 Growing Herbs

Additional Resources

ONLINE Handouts:

  • ANR 0566 Herbaceous Perennials in Alabama
  • ANR 1071 Woodland Wildflowers: A Primer

Class 11 / April 25, 2018

Veterans/American Legion Building

LANDSCAPE DESIGN  (Hands On)

Guest Lecturer: Taylor Reeder

Class Extended One Hour & Advanced Master Gardeners

 Objectives:

  • Gain an awareness of the basic principles of “good” landscape design
  • Understand the process of analyzing a site to be landscaped
  • Become familiar with the steps involved in developing a landscape design

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Landscape Design:

Additional Resources for Landscape Design

ONLINE Handouts:

IN CLASS Handout:


Class 12 / May 2, 2018                                         

Veterans/American Legion Building

TURFGRASS MAINTENANCE (2 hours)

Guest Lecturer: Rhonda Britton

Objectives:

  • Identify the varieties of lawn grasses recommended for our area
  • Learn to evaluate them based on temperature tolerance, resilience, and amount of care required
  • Learn basic techniques involved in establishing lawn grass
  • Become familiar with the basic requirements for proper lawn maintenance

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Lawns:

  • Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 11

Additional Resources:

ONLINE Handouts:

WEED MANAGEMENT (2 hours)

Guest Lecturer: Rhonda Britton

Objectives:

  • Learn to identify and classify weeds
  • Become familiar with the four general methods of weed control
  • Understand the importance of proper selection of herbicides and safety procedures for their use

REQUIRED Reading Assignment for Weed Science:  Alabama Master Gardener Handbook, Chapter 6

Additional Resources for Weed Science ONLINE Handouts:

IN CLASS Handout:


Class 13 / May 9, 2018

Veterans/American Legion Building

BACKYARD WILDLIFE HABITAT AND WATER FEATURES

Guest Lecturer: TBA

 Objectives:

  • Illustrate incorporating water into a backyard wildlife habitat
  • Focus on the key element of flowing water
  • Demonstrate associated benefits within a small backyard setting

Additional Resources for Wildlife Habitat

ONLINE Handouts

IN CLASS Handout:

  • Session Evaluation Form

Post Test and Final Details

Class Schedule

2018 Class Schedule

Class
Date
Topic(s) Lecturer(s) Location
2/7/18 Orientation to the MG Program
Volunteer Opportunities
Rhonda Britton/President of Jackson County
TBA
Veterans/American Legion
#1
2/14/18
Plant Physiology
Info on Sign up Volunteer hours
Rudy Pacumbaba
TBA
Veterans/American Legion
#2
2/21/18
Trees / Shrub Pruning / Planting
(Hands on)
Hunter McBrayer Veterans/American Legion
& Scottsboro Park
#3
2/28/18
Plant Propagation
Propagation Stations (Hands on)
Rudy Pacumbaba
Master Gardeners
Veterans/American Legion
#4
3/7/18
Entomology Chris Becker
Ayanava Majumdar
Veterans/American Legion
#5
3/14/18
Soils and Plant Nutrition Charles Mitchell
Rhonda Britton
Veterans/American Legion
#6
3/21/18
Vegetable Gardening Dani Carroll Veterans/American Legion
#7
3/28/18
Plant Pathology Jim Jacobi Veterans/American Legion
#8
4/4/18
Container Gardening
Backyard Fruit
Eric Shavey
Hunter McBrayer
Veterans/American Legion
#9
4/11/18
Plant Selection & Care
Garden Tour
Harvey Cotton Huntsville Botanical Gardens
#10
4/18/18
Herbs/ Annuals & Perennials Allyson Shabel Veterans/American Legion
#11
4/25/18
Landscape Design
Workshop (Hands on)
Taylor Reeder
Advanced MG Helping
Veterans/American Legion
#12
5/2/18
Turf Maintenance and Weed Management Rhonda Britton & Themika Sims Veterans/American Legion
#13
5/9/18
Round up/Post test Rhonda Britton Veterans/American Legion

Class Syllabus