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Master Gardener classes to start soon

Monday, July 9, 2012

Starting Aug. 22, a new Master Gardener class will begin. The class, Purdue Master Gardener Program, will last 12 weeks.

The class aims to teach people about growing plants and to more effectively extend information related to place.

Its specific goal is to provide information and technical assistance in the areas of gardening and home horticulture through the use of trained and certified volunteers.

After acceptance into the Master Gardener Program, participants receive training in the following areas: Plant Science, Plant Nutrition, Soil Science, Plant Disease, Insect Pests, Weeds, Pesticide Safety/Pesticide Alternatives, Woody Ornamentals, Vegetable Gardening, Herbaceous Ornamentals, Home Lawns, Animal Pests, Herbs, Food Preservation, Pollination, Home Fruit Production, Indoor Gardening, and Yard Waste Management.

To be part of the next series of Master Gardener classes please contact the Putnam County Extension Office and say that you are interested in the Master Gardener Class for the fall 2012. You will have to complete an application form and return it to the Putnam County Extension Office.

Classes meet every Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. and will last 12 weeks.

To become a full-fledged Master Gardener, the program requires you to volunteer for a minimum of 35 hours. Throughout the classes, there are opportunities to gain hours even before you have finished your class work.

The Putnam County Master Gardener Association has offered to give a rebate to the class participants who have finished the class.

The class includes the new Master Gardener manual -- new this year -- professionals in the horticulture industry as speakers and many handouts. The cost is around $110. Family rates apply.

Applications will be accepted until Aug. 15. The class has limited space; interested participants are encouraged to reserve their place as soon as possible.

For more information, persons may contact Ann Delchambre at 653-8411 or email adelchambre@purdue.edu.

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