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Extension Master Gardener Program - Whitley County

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The Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program is an integral part of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and provides the residents of Indiana a chance to grow. Under the guidance and support of Purdue Extension, selected residents of a county voluntarily begin a training program specifically designed to prepare them to help others grow.

The program provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects.

When these volunteers complete the 14- to 16-week Basic Training program (one 3-hour class per week) and pass an examination (at least a 70% score), they are then identified by the county and Purdue as Master Gardener Interns. The Master Gardener Interns are expected to complete 35 volunteer service hours, representing the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. They help others grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities, under the guidance of the local Program Coordinator.

When the minimum volunteer commitment has been fulfilled, volunteers are then certified as Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners remain active by completing six hours of educational training and twelve hours of volunteer service per year. Advanced levels of certification are offered to help with the recognition and retention of volunteers.

If you are interested in more information about the Master Gardener Program, refer to the general Purdue Master Gardener Program informational brochure (Purdue publication HO-184: pdf).

Also, if you would like local information or are part of a local community group that would like to have a Master Gardener teach your group about a gardening topic, please contact the Purdue Extension office in Whitley County at 260-244-7615 or jwoodman@purdue.edu. Please allow plenty of time to make arrangements.

Whitley County Master Gardeners typically meet on the first Thursday of each month starting at 6:30 p.m. We will be meeting virtually via Zoom until further notice.

Find Master Gardeners of Whitley County (local association) on Facebook and like our page, or check our website

We want you! Become a Master Gardener - watch a short video.

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Upcoming Events:

  • Fall Extension Master Gardener Basic Training: Noble and Whitley Counties - If you are interested in becoming an Extension Master Gardener, we're here to help! Most years, classes will be held once per week from September through mid-December, alternatively between Noble County and Whitley County locations. Please contact our office (260-244-7615) for complete details, or to leave your name and contact information so that we may communicate directly with you as specific class information comes available. Thank you for your interest!

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