Purdue Master Gardener Basic Training Offered to Lawrence County Residents Starting August 12

(BEDFORD) – A Purdue Master Gardener Basic Training will be offered to Lawrence County residents starting August 12, 2019, through November 25, 2019, according to Ophelia Davis, ANR Extension Educator with the Purdue Extension-Lawrence County. The program will be offered at Downtown Depot at 1401 J Street.

There will be an information session tomorrow night (July 23) where interested parties can come and learn about the upcoming training and speak with current Master Gardeners to get some insight and ask questions about the training. The event will be held at the Wilson Park Shelterhouse on Denson Avenue from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

The Purdue Master Gardener program is designed to train volunteers to assist with horticultural education programs for Purdue Extension.

Participants enter a specially designed training program in home horticulture.

Upon completion of the training program, they are identified as Master Gardener interns. At that time, the volunteers are expected to extend the information in the areas of gardening and horticulture under the guidance of Purdue Extension to become certified Master Gardeners.

The Purdue Master Gardener basic training program will consist of 14 weekly sessions.

Topics covered are Soils and Plant Nutrition, Plant Science, Plant Disease Diagnosis, Insect Identification, and Control, Weed Identification, and Control, Ornamentals in the Landscape, Gardening for Wildlife, Lawn
Care, Plant Propagation, Annuals and Perennials, and Pesticide Safety and Alternatives, and more.

Purdue Extension Specialists, Extension Educators, Advanced Master Gardeners, and local horticulture experts serve as instructors.

Persons interested in registration information for the Master Gardener program should contact Purdue Extension Lawrence County located 924 16th Street, Bedford, IN 47421 or by calling: 812-275-4623.

Pre-registration is required – no later than August 5, 2019.