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Purdue Extension: Expert Resources for COVID-19

Want to Become an Extension Master Gardener?

February 27, 2021

Purdue Master Gardener Basic Training 

In Spring 2021, is a Statewide Virtual Purdue EMG Basic Training from Wednesdays March 3 – June 2, 2021 (registration closed). Many counties have come together to offer this program which includes a local county connection hour. The statewide live webinars are Wednesdays, from 1:30 – 3:30 pm (ET). Here in Allen County, the local county connection hour is Thursdays at 1:30pm and will be offered virtually through Zoom. Attendance of both of these weekly sessions is required and attendance will be taken. 

Additionally, an online information sharing platform, Basecamp, was used to share additional handouts and other information with participants.

Fees are $175.00/person which includes the print version of the Purdue EMG Manual and for an additional $25.00, participants will also receive the digital version of the manual in a USB flash drive. Estimated fee for two people sharing a print version of the Purdue EMG Manual is $270.00.

Interested in joining a future class? Apply today! 

Future classes will be announced when the information is available. Apply today to get on our email list for future classes!

Application and Registration Information:

To apply, please read the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program Policy Guide (found below) and complete, sign, and return the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Application and Agreement (found below) to Rhonda Smith at 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 Rhonda Smith at or (260) 481-6826 to receive a copy.

Upon confirmation of acceptance of your application and providing evidence of government issued photo ID, you will receive class registration information.  

Refund Policy

If you cancel your registration prior to the deadline, you will be charged 12% of the registration fee + $5.00. After the deadline, there are no refunds. 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.

TENTATIVE Statewide Live Webinar Schedule for Spring 2021:

February 24 Test Connect Session (optional)

March 3 Purdue EMG Orientation (Pre-test administered by EMG County Coordinators)

March 10 Plant Science

March 17 Soils and Plant Nutrition

March 24 Pesticide Safety and Alternatives

March 31 Plant Disease Diagnosis

April 7 Weed ID and Control

April 14 Insect ID and Control

April 21 Invasive Species

April 28 Animal Pests

May 5 Herbaceous Ornamentals

May 12 Woody Ornamentals

May 19 Fruit Gardening

May 26 Lawn Care

June 2 Vegetable Gardening

June 2-10  Evaluations and Final Exam


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 Terri Theisen at least 2 weeks prior to the program.


Thank you for your interest in the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program!



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