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Fall Master Gardener Class

August 5, 2020
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Purdue Extension Offers Fall

Master Gardener Class

If you have a passion for gardening and enjoy teaching others how to grow plants, the Purdue Extension Service has a class for you!

The Purdue Extension Master Gardener Class is a volunteer training program designed to teach people a wide array of information about growing plants.  In exchange for the classes, Master Gardeners volunteer to share their knowledge with others in the community, with the end goal of making the community a better place to live.  Master Gardener volunteers are required to give a minimum of 40 hours back to the community upon completing the classroom portion of the program, and passing an exam.

The fall 2020 Purdue Extension Master Gardener class will be held statewide online, Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm CT starting August 25 and run through mid-December.

The teachers, who are Extension specialists at Purdue University or Extension Educators from across Indiana, will offer classes on topics like soils, fertility, pest control, invasive species, pesticide safety and alternatives, trees, vegetables, flowers, lawns and fruit.

There will also be a one hour weekly online session with local participants on Mondays from 5:30 – 6:30 pm CT to reinforce important concepts and to learn how the topic of the week applies to local gardeners. 

The cost of the program will be $175 for individual registration with a printed version of the Master Gardener manual.  Individuals can also purchase an optional digital version of the manual on a thumb drive if desired.  For $270, two people living in the same household can share a print version of the Purdue EMG Manual.

Details to apply for the program can be found here:  2020 MG Class Cover Letter and Application.  Deadline for returning the application and beginning the screening process is August 7, 2020.

All Master Gardener applicants will be required to show evidence of a government issued photo ID to their local County Educator or designated Purdue Extension staff.  This can be done virtually or in person.  Upon confirmation of acceptance of your application and providing evidence of government issued photo ID, an online registration link will be sent to participants to complete registration and to submit payment.

Contact the Purdue Extension-La Porte County office at 219-324-9407 or for more information.


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