Master Gardener courses planned in Lee County

DIXON – A Master Gardener training course is getting closer.

The local training will begin Jan. 17 to April 4 at Sauk Valley Community College, 173 state Route 2. There are two other locations as well: Jan. 15 to April 2 at the Boone County Extension office, 915 Alexandra Drive, Belvidere, and Jan. 14 to April 1 at Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport.

Sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The registration cost is $175, and advance registration is required.

After training, 60 hours of volunteer work is required over a 2-year period.

Contact Lisa Valle, extension program coordinator, at 815-732-2191 or visit to register or for more information.