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2022 Spring Bartholomew County Extension Master Gardener Basic Training

Dear Prospective Purdue Extension Master Gardener:


Thank you for your interest in the Purdue Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Statewide Basic Training. Our main objective is to train volunteers to assist Purdue Extension with home horticulture education in local communities.  Purdue EMGs receive training in horticulture to equip them to fulfill this educational role through volunteering in a variety of projects approved by their local EMG County Coordinator (Purdue Extension Educator).  The requirements for Purdue EMG certification include acceptance into the training through an application and screening process, payment of registration fee, completion of the EMG Basic Training which includes passing the open-book final exam with a score of 70% or higher, and contributing at least 40 hours of volunteer service approved by the local EMG County Coordinator within two years.  Purdue Extension Master Gardeners are also required to complete at least 12 volunteer and 6 continuing education hours every year in order to stay active. 


Program Information

For Spring 2022, there will be a Statewide Virtual Purdue EMG Basic Training from February 1 – May 3 (with completion of final exam after May 3). Many counties have come together to offer this program which includes a local county connection hour. The statewide live webinars will be held on Tuesdays, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (ET)/5:30 – 7:30 pm (CT). Here in Bartholomew County, the local county connection hour will be on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 pm each week. This will usually be virtual with some optional in person activities and field trips. 


Application and Registration Information (Two-Step Process to participate)

Step 1: Application approval by local EMG County Coordinator

Please read the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program Policy Guide and complete, sign, and return the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Application and Agreement (Form EMG-1) to 783 S Marr Rd. Columbus, IN 47201. You may download the policy guide here: or contact Purdue Extension-Bartholomew County to receive a copy. The Purdue EMG Application and Approval Form (Form EMG-1) can be picked up at the Extension Office or sent via email if you reach out to All applicants are also required to show evidence of a government issued photo ID to your local EMG County Coordinator or designated Purdue Extension staff prior to approval of their application. Virtual options or an in-person appointment can be utilized to complete this requirement.


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


Step 2: Registration and payment of fees through online registration portal


Upon approval of your application and providing evidence of government issued photo ID, an online registration link will be sent to you. The registration options are listed below:

  • $180.00 for an individual registration which includes a print version of the Purdue EMG Manual.
  • $280.00 for two people sharing the Purdue EMG Manual. (Sharing option works best for two people living in the same household.)
  • Participants can add a digital version of the manual for an additional $25.00.

Once your payment is confirmed, your copy of the Purdue EMG Manual will be shipped to you prior to the start of the training.


Registration site is now open, register today!


Refund Policy

If you cancel your registration prior to January 18, 11:59 pm (ET), you will be charged 12% of the registration fee + $5.00. There are no refunds after January 18, 11:59 pm (ET). 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.


Statewide Live Webinar Schedule


February 1      Purdue EMG Orientation

February 8      Plant Science

February 15    Soils and Plant Nutrition

February 22    Animal Pests

March 1           Plant Disease Diagnosis

March 8           Insect ID and Control

March 15         Weed ID and Control

March 22         Invasive Species

March 29         Pesticide Safety and Alternatives

April 5              Herbaceous Ornamentals

April 12            Vegetable Gardening

April 19            Fruit Gardening

April 26            Lawn Care

May 3              Woody Ornamentals


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 or 812-379-1665 at least 2 weeks prior to the program.


Thank you for your interest in the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program! Please don’t delay in signing up! We look forward to processing your application!

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