When it comes to community out reach, the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture Extension Service is comparable to the way the Peace Corps reaches out to folks in other countries.
The Master Gardener program is an important component of the Extension Service. The program is set up to assist local folks with home gardening issues. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this service has been severely limited, but is again available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Kona office in Kainaliu.
Hawaii is unique in its horticultural blend of plants and landscapes. Although we live in the tropics, gardening is heavily influenced by the ways of Europe and the Americas. This, plus Asian, Polynesian and African agricultural influences, has made landscaping and gardening fun but a bit complicated.
If you decide to get involved with the Master Gardener program you will have 45 hours of classroom and hands-on horticultural training, plus ongoing continuing education. Course topics include basic botany, native plants, nutrition, insect and disease management, propagation, pruning and much more.
Once you finish the course you will become a local expert to assist others to be better gardeners. Master Gardeners also have several outings each year and get involved with community landscape projects.
Once we are back to normal times, master gardening classes will be available. Registration for the class series hopefully will be announced this fall, so keep in touch with our UH Extension