Master Gardener course starts soon

Monday, July 8, 2024

Purdue Extension Master Gardeners (EMGs) receive training in horticulture to equip them to volunteer to assist Purdue Extension with home horticulture education in local communities.

The requirements for Purdue EMG certification include acceptance into the training through an application and screening process, payment of a registration fee, completion of the EMG Basic Training (which includes passing the open-book final exam with a score of 70 percent or higher) and contributing at least 40 hours of volunteer service approved by the local EMG county coordinator within two years. Master Gardeners are also required to complete at least 12 volunteer and six continuing education hours every year in order to stay active.

During the course, participants will learn about plant diseases, pesticide safety, invasive species, soils, weed identification, insect identification, fruit gardening, lawn care, vegetable production and more. Presenters include Purdue Extension educators and specialists from throughout Indiana.

Jenna Nees

We will be offering the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Basic Training in Putnam County from Aug. 22 to Nov. 21. The course will be held on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. at the Purdue Extension–Putnam County office (physical address: 152 E. Columbia St., Greencastle).

Application and Registration Information

Please read the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program Policy Guide and complete, sign and return the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Application and Agreement (Form EMG-1) to the Putnam County Extension office. All applicants are also required to consent to national and state sex and violent offender registry checks and provide evidence of a government-issued photo ID to your local EMG county coordinator or designated Purdue Extension staff. You may download the policy guide at, or contact Jenna Nees at or 653-8411 to receive a copy.

Please note that during the Putnam County Fair (July 19–26), no one will be at the Purdue Extension office. You can find Nees inside Harris Hall at the fair. She will gladly discuss the Purdue Extension Master Gardener course with you or help you complete the application process there.

Form EMG-1 and Government-Issued Photo ID Due by Aug. 19

Upon confirmation of acceptance of your application and providing evidence of a government-issued photo ID, an online registration link will be sent to you. The registration options are listed below:

• $200 for an individual registration with print version of Purdue EMG Manual.

• $300 for two people sharing a print version of the Purdue EMG Manual. (Sharing option works best for two people living in the same household.)

Purdue is committed to making all programs accessible to participants. If you require auxiliary aids or services, or if you have other program-related concerns, please contact Nees at or 653-8411 at least two weeks prior to the program.

Visit or contact the local Purdue Extension office by calling 653-8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to ensure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs.

Upcoming Events

July 19-26 – Putnam County Fair

Aug. 19 – Last day to apply for Master Gardener course, contact 653-8411 to apply

Aug. 22 – Master Gardener course starts

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