PurdueMasterGardnerMarshall County, Pulaski County and Starke County Extension Offices offer an excellent class to help gardeners expand their knowledge and skills through the Master Gardener Intern Class.  This class provides the education class hours needed for an individual to become a certified Purdue University Master Gardener.  The class will start on Tuesday evening, September 20th, with sixteen sessions mainly held on Tuesday evenings and some Thursday evenings.  The class series will conclude on Tuesday evening, December 13th.


The class series is being held at three different locations: Knox High School Cafeteria, Culver Depot, and Purdue Extension-Pulaski County. The first meeting on Sept. 20th will be held at Knox High School Cafeteria, 1 Redskin Trail, Knox, IN 46534.


The purpose of the Purdue Master Gardener Program is to spread horticulture knowledge throughout our community by providing quality horticulture education to garden enthusiasts.


According to Bob Yoder, Marshall County Extension Educator, a positive aspect of the intern class is gardeners getting to spend time together, developing new friendships, and swapping gardening information among themselves.  The sixteen class series will provide educational presentations on plant science, soil science, plant nutrition, insect disease, weed identification and control options, woody ornamentals, herbaceous ornamentals, fruit and vegetable production, pesticide safety, basic organic production options, lawn care, basic principles on landscaping, and plant propagation.


Once this class is completed and 35 hours of volunteer time are completed, you will become a Purdue Master Gardener and be eligible to be active in our local organization and in state and national level programs.  Participating in this program and being a member of our local organization is a great way for gardeners to make new friends and to further their horticulture knowledge.


The cost of the Marshall County Master Gardener Intern Class is only $125, which includes a $70 reference material, or $200 for a couple willing to share Master Gardener resource handouts.  Again, this program will start on Tuesday evening, September 20th.  Class size is limited to the first 25 individuals.  For more information on the Master Gardener Intern Class and Purdue Master Gardener Program or to obtain the registration form, call the Marshall County Extension Office at (574) 935-8545 or visit our web page at https://extension.purdue.edu/marshall or e-mail Robert Yoder at ryoder@purdue.edu. You may also contact Pulaski County Extension Office at (574) 946-3412, Starke County Extension Office at (574) 772-9141 or e-mail Phillip Woolery at pwoolery@purdue.edu.

If you want to expand your horticulture knowledge to improve your landscape and successes at growing fruits and vegetables, this is a class for you.