The Purdue 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 12- 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 recognition and retention of volunteers.
In addition, 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 Purdue Extension office in Whitley County at 260-625-3313, 260-244-7615 or email@example.com. 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. Most months we will meet in a downstairs meeting room of Parkview Whitley Hospital. Go in main entrance past front desk to elevator or stairs, then down to basement.
If you would like to explore having a Whitley County Master Gardener speak to your group about a home gardening topic, contact Whitley County's Speaker Coordinator, Beth Ann Sickafoose, 260-248-1234.
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Master Gardeners of Whitley County (local association website)
- Report Education or Volunteer Hours in Master Gardener Manager
- Purdue Master Gardener Program Policy Guide (MG-5-W)
CURRENTLY RECRUITING for Fall 2019 Master Gardener Basic Training Class! (Noble and Whitley Counties)The tentative plan is Thursday mornings (and a few Mondays), 9:00 a.m. - Noon, after Labor Day. See preliminary schedule below. If you are interested in taking the class, please plan ahead. Call us now at 260-244-7615 (or 260-636-2111 in Noble County) with your name, address, phone number and email. We'll communicate all the particulars directly with you.
- Advanced Training Events (on state MG website).
- June 22, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Whitley County Master Gardeners' Garden Walk - (See link below)
- July 16, 2019, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.: Gardening Seminars at Whitley County 4-H Fair, by Whitley County Master Gardeners