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Details Regarding Virtual Master Gardener Program

July 24, 2020
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As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Purdue Extension will be offering a state-wide virtual Master Gardener program this fall. The series will be held on Tuesday evening’s from 6:30pm to 8:30pm EST beginning on August 25th and wrapping up December 1st. The cost for access to the seminars is $175 per person, which will include a copy of the Purdue Master Gardener manual, which will be mailed to partipants. A digital version of the manual will be available for an additional $25. For two people sharing a print version of the manual, the cost will be $270. To apply and register for this program please visit: https://tinyurl.com/statewidePurdueEMGtraining Please note that the registration deadline is August 14th.

In addition to the 2 hour Tuesday evening state-wide seminar, each county will break off for an additional 1 hour virtual session later in the week to discuss that week’s topic as well as additional subjects not covered by the core Master Gardener topics. The Tuesday classes will be taught each week by a variety of Purdue specialists and state experts with topics including: plant science, soil science, plant nutrition, and pest identification and control. Sessions will also be offered on: vegetable gardening, fruit production, landscaping, lawn care, and pesticide safety.

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. In turn, participants volunteer as representatives of Purdue University. As volunteers, participants grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities. The Master Gardener program is intended for people of all gardening skill levels and experience. There are currently over 3,000 active Purdue Master Gardener Volunteers in Indiana offering their time by: providing educational programs, working with the elderly and youth, helping Habitat for Humanity, assisting with community gardens, donating to local food banks, participating in community beautification projects, and much more.

If you are interested in becoming a Purdue Master Gardener or have questions about the program, please register at the link above or contact the Purdue Extension Service of White County at 219-984-5115 or e-mail me at awestfal@purdue.edu To learn more about the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program, visit: www.hort.purdue.edu/mg

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