The Purdue Master Gardener Program

The Purdue Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program which provides an intensive education in Horticulture to those with an interest in gardening. In exchange for that training, program participants are required to volunteer one hour of service for each hour of training. Master Gardeners provide such services as:

Participants are considered interns until they complete their volunteer requirement. Upon completion of the service commitment, interns are then certified by Purdue University as Master Gardeners.

Statewide, there are more than 2,000 active Master Gardeners and interns. Because most of our training takes place during typical work day hours, many Master Gardeners tend to be retirees, homemakers or otherwise unemployed. Some do manage to take time away from work to attend classes. A few counties offer evening training programs to cater to their employed clientele.

Indiana Counties Offering Master Gardener Programs:

Allen, Bartholomew, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Clay, Davies, Dearborn, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Fayette, Floyd, Fulton, Grant, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Howard, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Knox, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Noble, Owen, Parke, Pike, Porter, Putnam, St. Joseph, Scott, Steuben, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Wayne

For more information about the Master Gardener program in Indiana, contact your local County Extension Service or the Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist and Master Gardener State Coordinator:

John C. Orick
Purdue Master Gardener State Coordinator
Purdue University
Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
625 Agricultural Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN USA 47907-2010


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