Howard County Master Gardener Classes
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HOWARD COUNTY MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM

Purpose of the Master Gardener Program:

The Master Gardener Program is one way the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service puts knowledge to teach people more about growing plants and to more effectively extend information related to plants. Its specific aim is to provide information and technical assistance in the area of gardening and home horticulture through the use of trained and certified volunteers. Participants in turn, share their knowledge and help others grow by providing volunteer leadership, education, and service to their communities in gardening subject matter.

How Do I Become A Master Gardener

Call the Howard County Extension Office at (765) 456-2313 and leave your name, address, home and work phone number and if you prefer a morning or evening class.

You will be sent information about the next class.

The classes are once a weekly lasting 3 to 4 hours in length.

You achieve the rank of Master Gardener Intern by completing the required training and passing an exam with a 70% success.

Master Gardener Interns are required to volunteer a minimum of 35 hours to become a certified Purdue Master Gardener.

Why Become A Master Gardener?

You can grow in several ways when you become a Purdue Master Gardener -- the ways you grow and how far you go are up to you!

Increase your knowledge on a wide array of gardening subjects through a structured training program.

This increased knowledge will give you the skills - and the confidence - to teach others in your community, either one-on-one or in a group setting.

Sharing your gardening knowledge with others will help improve the quality of life in your community.

If desired, use the leadership training and experience from your activities in the Purdue Master Gardener Program as a springboard to other forms of community leadership.

Master Gardener Topics:
Plant Science
Plant Nutrition
Soil Science
Plant Disease Diagnosis/Control
Insect Pest Diagnosis/Control
Weed Identification/Control
Pesticide Safety/Pesticide Alternatives
Woody Ornamentals
Vegetables
Herbaceous Ornamentals
Home Lawns
Animal Pests

In addition, training may include these areas:
Principles of Landscape Design
Home Fruit Production
Yard Waste Management 

How Do I Become A Master Gardener:

Call the Howard County Extension Office at (765) 456-2313 and leave your name, address, home and work phone number and if you prefer a morning or evening class.

You will be sent information about the next class.

After attending the orientation class and deciding that you want to continue with the classes. The classes are once a weekly lasting 3 to 4 hours in length.

You achieve the rank of Master Gardener Intern by completing the required training and passing an exam with a 70% success.

Master Gardener Interns are required to volunteer a minimum of 35 hours to become a certified Purdue Master Gardener.

Master Gardener Program Flier

By Paul G Marcellino, County Extension Director
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