Purdue Master Gardener Basic Training Set

Last Updated on January 30, 2017 by cassnetwork

A Purdue Master Gardener Basic Training will be offered to area residents beginning February 7, 2017 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and continuing through March 23, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. according to Krista Pullen, Extension Educator with the Purdue Extension, Cass County.  The program will be offered at Caston High School in the Vo-Ag Room.

The Purdue Master Gardener program is designed to train volunteers to assist with horticultural education programs for Purdue Extension. Participants enter a specially designed training program in home horticulture.  Upon completion of the training program, they are identified as Master Gardener interns.  At that time, the volunteers are expected to extend the information in the areas of gardening and horticulture under the guidance of Purdue Extension to become certified Master Gardeners.

The Purdue Master Gardener basic training program will consist of 12 sessions.  Topics covered are Soils and Plant Nutrition, Plant Science, Plant Disease Diagnosis, Insect Identification and Control, Weed Identification and Control, Ornamentals in the Landscape, Gardening for Wildlife, Lawn Care, Plant Propagation, Annuals and Perennials, and Pesticide Safety and Alternatives, and Fruit Plants.  Purdue Extension Specialists, Extension Educators, and local horticulture experts serve as instructors.

Persons interested in registration information for the Master Gardener program should contact Purdue Extension Cass County located in the Cass County Government Building or by calling 574-753-7750. Krista Pullen may also be reached via email. Pre-registration is required.  The cost is $125.00.

SOURCE: News release from Purdue Extension Cass County

Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on Jan. 2, 2017