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Sign Up Early for the Purdue Master Gardener Program

July 23, 2016

If you want to sharpen your gardening skills or you have an interest in sharing your gardening knowledge with others, Purdue Extension has the ideal program for you. 

Beginning August 22nd, a Purdue Master Gardener Program training series will be offered for residents of Putnam County and surrounding areas.  The Purdue Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program that provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. 

Training will be held on Monday nights from 6:00-9:00 PM at the Putnam County Extension Office (152 East Columbia St., Greencastle).  The final class will be on November 14th.  Participants will be exposed to a wide range of subjects including soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety, and culture of vegetables, flowers, and landscape plants. 

The cost of the program is $50 to the first 15 individuals who sign up and pay, thanks to a donation from the Putnam County Master Gardener Association.  The cost for additional participants is $125.  The program fee covers the cost of course materials, speakers, and a copy of the Purdue Master Gardener book (which individuals will received upon completion of the course).  Please note you are not considered registered for the course until your program fee is paid and turned into the Extension Office.

Once you complete the course, you have the opportunity to join the Putnam County Master Gardener Association which does numerous activities throughout the year.   The Putnam County Master Gardener Association sponsor scholarships for students who are interested in majoring in horticulture-related fields.  To raise the funds for these scholarships, they stage several events including a plant auction.  During the Putnam County Fair, they are at Harris Hall all week, organizing the various open class shows, keeping the building open for the public, and answering questions about plants.  Additionally, throughout the year, they have monthly educational meetings, host a seminar/garden fair, and promote Master Gardener events. 

If you'd like to register for the course or have questions about the course, please call the Purdue Extension Office at 765.653.8411 or email Jenna Nees at smith535@purdue.edu.  Please register early to ensure your spot in this course.  Registration deadline is August 17th

Visit our homepage at www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam or you can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 765.653.8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. All times listed are Eastern Time.

July 4 - Extension Office closed
July 7 - Cake Decorating Workshop, 6:00 PM, Harris Hall
July 7 - Extension Board Meeting, 7:30 PM, Extension Office
July 11 - Public Speaking & Demo Contest, 5:00 PM, Fairgrounds
July 22-29 – Putnam County 4-H Fair
July 28 – Wetland Compliance Webinar, 12 Noon – 1 PM, register at
August 5-21 – Indiana State Fair

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