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Master Rain Gardener

Master Rain Gardener


Master Rain Gardener is a certification program focused on rain garden and rainwater harvesting system design and installation. The Master Rain Gardener (MRG) program will provide design standards and the knowledge-based skill set necessary to install rain gardens and rainwater harvesting systems on a residential scale. Rain gardens and rainwater harvesting offer residents and landscape professionals with a management tool for flooding on property, erosion prevention, incorporation of native plants and backyard habitat into the lawn, and the establishment of a low-irrigation landscape. The Master Rain Gardener program is a hybrid, multi-week curriculum allowing self-paced online learning modules, hands-on field experience, and a two-track option to meet the needs of diverse audiences.

The online portion of the course will begin on May 6, 2019 . Online course content will include:

• Rain garden site assessment, soil analysis, design standards, construction, plant selection, design elements, maintenance, and more.
• Rainwater harvesting system sizing, pre-filtration devices, component considerations, water use and safety measures. Both course tracks include hands-on components that provide participants with the opportunity to apply practices learned.

The Certification Track is intended for contractors, landscape designers, landscape installers and other professionals who will install residential-scale rain gardens and rainwater harvesting systems for pay. In order to achieve certification, individuals must complete four modules (one week each) of Master Rain Gardener online course content, attend a full-day, in-person training and pass the course exam. Recognition as a certified Master Rain Gardener can serve as a marketing tool for professionals. The Certification track is open to residential audiences who wish to participate in the field day. This class is 1 (Core) hour of SC Pesticide Applicator credit. The field day is set to take place June 13, 2019 in the Charleston, SC area.

The Letter of Completion Track is intended for home gardeners, Master Gardeners, and other residential audiences. Attendance in the field day is not included in this track. In order to receive a Letter of Completion, individuals must complete four weeks of Master Rain Gardener online course content, complete hands-on class assignments and weekly quizzes. This track can be used as continuing education credits for Master Gardeners.

Early Bird Special - offer valid until midnight March 15, 2019.
Letter of Completion $185.25
Certification $280.25

Regularly priced registration beings March 16, and is open until midnight April 29, 2019. Letter of Completion $195
Certification $295

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