The Vigo County Master Gardener group was organized in 1998 and then established as Wabash Valley Master Gardeners Association Inc as a 501(c)(3) corporation in the state of Indiana in 2004. The goals of the association are to provide public education as outlined in the state guidelines, and to assist in the certification of those who have successfully completed training by offering organized activities. Membership is open to anyone who has completed training in Indiana or is currently enrolled in the program. Those who have trained out of state may also apply for membership.
The Master Gardener Program is “helping others grow” by providing intensive education in horticultural principles. Through the Master Gardener training sessions you will become knowledgeable about a wide array of gardening subjects. This knowledge will increase your skills as well as enable you to provide volunteer leadership and service to the community in gardening activities.
In Indiana, the Master Gardener Program is conducted by the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service through participating county offices. The instruction is provided without charge by local, county, and state specialists in horticulture. There is a fee for supplies which become your personal reference collection.
Persons who are interested in some aspect of gardening may apply for acceptance to the Master Gardener Program. At the completion of training, those who contribute one hour of volunteer community service for each hour of training received will be certified as Master Gardeners.