Are you looking forward to working in your garden this spring?
Do you enjoy learning about plants and learning new gardening techniques?
If you want to do more this winter than just flip through garden catalogs and hope for warm weather, why not consider participating in the 2009 training series for Purdue Master Gardener Program?
The program will take place in Vigo County this year with class sessions taking place Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. Class sessions will begin Feb. 5 and end on May 7.
The program fee of $75 per person covers all program materials and provides a handy gardening reference manual.
The Purdue Master Gardener Program provides the latest information on gardening topics. Purdue Extension education with the Vigo County Purdue Extension Mark Evans will coordinate the program delivery.
Each of the 13 weekly course modules covers topics with significant hands-on learning opportunities.
Topics include garden soils, herbs, annual and perennial flowers, vegetable gardening, landscaping, pest management, composting and plant nutrition.
The majority of the classes will take place at Ivy Tech Community College, 1700 Industrial Dr., Terre Haute.
Once the classes and an exam are completed, Master Gardener interns give back to their community by sharing what they have learned. The 35 hours of community service may be done with a variety of projects, many of which are organized by the Wabash Valley Master Gardener Association (WVMGA). Completing class work, exam and community service results in certification as a Purdue Master Gardener.
Interns can further their community involvement by joining the WVMGA and continue to improve the community and learn more gardening information.
For more information on the program, call 812-462-3371 and ask for Jim Luzar.
Program applications may be obtained at the Extension office or call and one can be mailed.