Enroll by Aug. 18 for Master Gardener training program starting Sept. 7

Make your green thumb even greener and offer to help other growers at the same time by becoming a LaPorte County Master Gardener. A Master Gardener training program offered through the Purdue/LaPorte County Extension partnership will begin Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, and continue until Dec. 7 on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. Central Time. The classes will be held at the Purdue Extension–LaPorte County office on West Ind. 2 near the fairgrounds.

The Purdue Master Gardener Program teaches you more about growing plants and trees and how to share your knowledge with others in the community.

Participants in the Master Gardener class pay a registration fee of $200 for the training program, which includes a training manual in both print and electronic versions; and a flash drive with hundreds of Purdue University reference materials, mailings, and opportunities to network with other Master Gardeners. The training is fun and interesting and you’ll meet many others who love gardening.

After being accepted for training, enrollees must attend the series of weekly classes. Upon completing the required training and passing the exam with at least 70% success, the rank of Master Gardener Intern is achieved. Master Gardener Interns are required to volunteer, representing Purdue University, a minimum of 35 hours to be certified as a Purdue Master Gardener. Then, to maintain Master Gardener certification, each year Master Gardeners volunteer just 12 hours and attend 6 hours of educational training.

To fill out an application for the program, visit www.extension.purdue.edu/laporte and click on “Garden;” then click on “Fall Master Gardener Class.” Or visit the Extension office to pick up and fill out an application. Deadline to submit applications is Friday, Aug. 18. Enrollment is limited.

For more information, call the Extension office at 219-324-9407.

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