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Want to Become an Extension Master Gardener?

Spring 2022 offers a Statewide Virtual Purdue EMG Basic Training from Tuesdays, February 1 – May 3, 2022. Many counties have come together to offer this program which includes a local county connection hour. The statewide live webinars are Tuesdays, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (ET). The day time and place for the Allen County connection hour will be Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30 pm each week offered virtually. Attendance of both of these weekly sessions is required and attendance will be taken. Application deadline for Spring 2022 class is January 11, 2022, 11:59 pm (ET). 

Fees are $185.00/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 $280.00.

Interested in joining a future class? Apply today! 

To learn more about the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program, visit:

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.

The application deadline is January 11, 2022, 11:59 pm (ET). 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 2022:

January 25 Test Connect Session (optional)

February 1 Purdue EMG Orientation (Pre-test administered by EMG County Coordinators)

February 8 Plant Science

February 15 Soils and Plant Nutrition

February 22 Animal Pests

March 1 Plant Disease Diagnosis

March 8 Weed ID and Control

March 15 Insect ID and Control

March 22 Invasive Species

March 29 Pesticide Safety & Alternatives

April 5 Herbaceous Ornamentals

April 12 Woody Ornamentals

April 19 Fruit Gardening

April 26 Lawn Care

May 3 Vegetable Gardening

After May 3 Final Exam, post-test & post-program survey

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!

Policy Guide for Master Gardeners

EMG Volunteer Application/ Agreement

Statewide Virtual Basic Training Information 



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