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Shelby County Master Gardeners Assoc

Why Should You Become a Master Gardener?

You'll always have the opportunity to grow in several ways when you become a Master Gardener. After satisfying the requirements for volunteer activity, the ways you grow and how far you go are up to you!

  1. The training sessions will increase your knowledge of a wide array of gardening subjects.
  2. This increased knowledge will give you the skills and confidence to teach others in your community what you know about gardening, either one-on-one or in group settings.
  3. Sharing your gardening knowledge with your neighbors will give you a great way to become more involved in improving the quality of life in your community.
  4. You'll be able, if you wish, to use the training and experience in leadership you've gotten through your activities in the Master Gardener Program as a springboard to other forms of community leadership.

What Training Will You Get?

If you are accepted into the Master Gardener Program, you will receive training in the following areas:
  1. Plant Nutrition
  2. Soil Science
  3. Plant Science
  4. Identification and control of insect pests
  5. Identification and control of plant diseases
  6. Identification and control of weeds
  7. Pesticide Safety
  8. Vegetables
  9. Flowers
  10. Landscaping
  11. Tree Care
  12. Lawn Care

What Will it Cost You to Become an Extension Master Gardener?

Purdue University staff and other speakers provide instruction free of charge. Your only expense will be a fee for publications, supplies and refreshments. Publications received will create a handy reference for many years to come!

What are the Requirements of the Master Gardener Program?

  1. When you've been accepted into a training session, you should make every attempt to attend the series of classes, each lasting several hours.
  2. After completing the training, you will be examined over the material covered and must receive a score of 70% to become a Master Gardener Intern.
  3. You must then do 35 hours of community service to your community. (This can consist of such services as answering garden questions, conducting garden schools, working on community beautification projects, or assisting in other education-related activities.
  4. When you have completed your volunteer commitment, you will be certified as a Master Gardener by the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

How do you Enroll in the Master Gardener Program?

  1. To receive more information on when the next session is offered, fill out the form below. You will be mailed an application form to complete and return when the next session of classes is scheduled. Enrollment is limited.
  2. If you live outside of Shelby County, first check with the Purdue University Extension Office in your county to see if a Master Gardener Program is available closer to where you live.
  3. Master Gardeners and Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service staff are partners in meeting the vast demand for home gardening information. We hope you will make a commitment to join us in "Helping Others Grow".



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