The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program is accepting applications in Lake County.

"Many are familiar with master gardeners as reliable resources for questions about flowers or grass because horticulture skills are a cornerstone of our work," a news release said. "But did you know that master gardeners also focus on local foods and sustainability? Or that we teach about practices that restore Minnesota’s native prairies and protect our precious water?"

Master gardeners in Lake County partner with local agencies to provide community gardens, give horticulture classes, promote and design native pollinator demonstration gardens and host mystery garden tours.

Master gardeners come from all ages and backgrounds.

To learn more about becoming a master gardener, go to or contact Mary Rissky-Hedin at 218-834-8469. Applications will be accepted online until Oct. 1.