Dearborn & Ohio Counties to host fall 2018 Master Gardener Course

Purdue Extension in Dearborn and Ohio Counties are partnering to offer a fall Master Gardener class beginning Sept. 17.

If you’ve wanted to sharpen your gardening skills, and you have an interest in sharing your knowledge with others, Purdue University Extension has the ideal program for you.  

The Master Gardener course will be offered for residents of Dearborn and Ohio County. Others from the surrounding area are also welcome to sign up. The Master Gardener Program is a nationwide volunteer training program which offers an extensive course in horticulture in exchange for a donation of volunteer hours to help teach others what you have learned. Completion of the class is also an excellent résumé booster.

Classes will be held Sept. 17 to Dec.3 on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Purdue Extension Office, located at 229 Main St. Aurora, IN 47001. Participants will learn about a wide range of subjects including soil and plant nutrition, vegetable gardening, wildlife control, and pesticide safety.

A $125 fee will be charged to enroll. The fee includes all course materials, light refreshments at all meetings, and other educational resources.

While the class will be encouraged to create new educational outreach programs in their communities, there are already plenty of opportunities for which volunteers are needed.

Some of these projects include teaching public education classes at local schools & libraries, speaking to local clubs and organizations, and developing gardens at local parks.  

The deadline to register for the class is September 1. If you’d like an application to join the class or have questions about the program, please contact John L. Hawley at the Dearborn County Extension Office at 812-926-1189 or hawley4@purdue.edu, or Jill Andrew-Richards at the Ohio County Extension Office at 812-438-3656 or jmrichards@purdue.edu