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2020 Marion County Master Gardener Program: When are the next classes?

August 10, 2020
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Sorry, we are no longer able to accept any more applications for Marion County this fall. If you wish to be on an e-mail list for information on future classes, please send an e-mail to:

For information in other counties, go to: Purdue Extension Master Gardener Basic Training.

What: Purdue Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Classes in Marion County

Where: Virtual Program to be Viewed at Home

When: August 25 - December 15, 2020, on Tuesday evenings (AND Thursday afternoons or Thursday evenings)

Cost: Basic registration fee is $175.00 for an individual registration and $270.00 for two people sharing a print version of the Purdue Master Gardener manual.

Registration Deadline: August 14, 2020



Program Information

In 2020, there will be a Statewide Virtual Purdue EMG Basic Training from August 25-December 15, 2020 (includes final exam due date). The statewide live webinars will be held on Tuesdays, from 6:30-8:30 pm (ET). Many counties have come together to offer this program which includes a local county connection hour. Here in Marion County, the local county connection hour will be on Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 pm (Class 2020-1) OR 6:30-7:30 pm (Class 2020-2) each week. This will be offered live virtually through a link you will receive. Marion County application forms are near the bottom of this page under Related Files (contact if you cannot print the form). Additionally, an online information sharing platform, Basecamp, will be used to share additional handouts and other information with participants.

Application and Registration Information

Please read the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program Policy Guide and complete, sign, and return the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Application and Agreement to: Purdue Extension-Marion County, Master Gardener Class, 1202 E 38th Street, Discovery Hall, Suite 201, Indianapolis, IN 46205. Fill out Form EMG-1 for MG Class 2020-1 for the afternoon county connection OR Form EMG-1 for MG Class 2020-2 for the evening county connection (see Related Files below). All applicants are also required to consent to national and state sex and violent offender registry checks and provide evidence of a government issued photo ID to your local EMG County Coordinator or designated Purdue Extension staff. You may download the policy guide here: or contact the Purdue Extension-Marion County office to receive a copy. Photo ID checks are done live at the local office or virtually via Zoom. E-mail: or call 317-275-9286 first (office is not open to the public until at least August 17).

Upon confirmation of acceptance of your application and providing evidence of government issued photo ID, an online class registration link will be sent to you. The registration options are listed below (registration deadline is August 14):

Financial help for about 50 percent of the registration fee is available for a limited number of individuals who need it. E-mail:

Your copy of the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Manual will be shipped to you prior to the start of the training.

Refund Policy

If someone cancels registration prior to August 14, they will be charged 12% of the registration fee + $5.00. There are no refunds after August 14, 2020. Purdue University is not responsible for expenses incurred due to cancellations by registrants. Purdue University reserves the right to cancel any program. Registrants will receive a full refund in the event that Purdue University cancels the program

2020 Statewide Live Webinar Schedule, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm (ET)

August 25: Purdue EMG Orientation

September 1: Plant Science

September 8: Soils and Plant Nutrition

September 15: Invasive Species

September 22: Plant Disease Diagnosis

September 29: Weed ID and Control

October 6: Insect ID and Control

October 13: Pesticide Safety and Alternatives

October 20: Animal Pests

October 27: Herbaceous Ornamentals

November 3: Woody Ornamentals

November 10: Fruit Gardening

November 17: Lawn Care

November 24: No Session

December 1: Vegetable Gardening

December 8-15: Evaluations and Final Exam

2020 Marion County Local Connection, Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 pm (2020-1) OR 6:30-7:30 pm (2020-2)

August 27 – December 3

Purdue is committed to making all programs accessible to participants. If you require auxiliary aids or services, or if you have other program-related concerns, please contact Steve Mayer ( at least 2 weeks prior to the program.

For More Information

For information on Extension Master Gardener classes in other counties in Indiana, consult the links below.

Current Basic Training Programs Offered

Counties with an Extension Master Gardener Program


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