The Master Gardener Program training series will be offered for residents of Howard County and surrounding areas beginning Jan. 6. Training will be 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays.
The Purdue Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program that provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. In turn, participants volunteer, representing Purdue University. As volunteers, participants grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities.
Participants will be exposed to a wide range of subjects including soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety, and culture of vegetable, flower, landscape, and fruit plants.
Materials and expenses for the series of classes cost $175 per participant or $225 per couple sharing materials. The fee covers such items as reference notebooks, mailings, and name badges. These materials all become part of the master gardener’s personal collection.
While the class will be encouraged to create new educational outreach programs, there are already opportunities for volunteers. Some of these include staffing information booths at gardening events, teaching public education classes, speaking to local clubs and organizations, and hands-on demonstration gardens.
To join the class or for more information about the program, call Paul Marcellino, Purdue Extension educator, at 765-456-2313 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.