Master Gardeners seeking new crop of volunteers

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

Beginning Sept. 12, a Purdue Master Gardener Program training series will be offered for residents of Warrick County and surrounding areas. The Purdue Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program that provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. In turn, participants volunteer, representing Purdue University. As volunteers, participants grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities.

Training will be held on Monday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon weekly through Dec. 12 at the Warrick County Fairgrounds in the Homemakers Building in Boonville. Participants will be exposed to a wide range of subjects including soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety and culture of vegetable, flower, landscape and fruit plants. Other topics include: composting, yard maintenance, wildlife damage and control and weed/insect control.

Materials and expenses for the series of classes cost $125 per participant. This expense fee covers such items as reference notebooks, mailings, name badges and mileage for speakers. These materials all become part of the Master Gardener’s personal collection.

While the class will be encouraged to create new educational outreach programs, there are already plenty of opportunities for which volunteers are needed. Some of these projects include the staffing information booths at gardening events, teaching public education classes, speaking to local clubs and organizations and hands-on demonstration gardens.

If you’d like an application to join our league of great volunteers or have questions about the program, give Amanda Mosiman a call at 812 897 6100 or email

You can find the registration packet online at

For more information, contact Amanda Mosiman at the Purdue Extension Office in Warrick County 812-897-6100.

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