Gardeners and farmers are always looking ahead and planning for the next planting. One program that will help you improve your gardening and landscaping skills is the Purdue Master Gardener Program. Purdue Extension Vigo County will be hosting a fall morning class series in Terre Haute on Thursday mornings. The program will run from 9 a.m.-noon, with presentations taking place from Sept. 3 until Nov. 19, 2009. A program fee of $75 per person provides all training materials. Class applications are currently being accepted and available at your local Extension office.
I asked Master Gardener intern Laura Welch to reflect on her recent training experience. Laura had moved back to the area from a desert climate in California and was interested in learning more about Hoosier soils, herbs, flowers, insects, and gardening techniques. Laura reports that she enjoyed the variety of class themes, with each seminar focusing on topics like landscaping, perennials, plant nutrition, composting, and vegetable gardening. Laura felt that class member's enjoyed sharing gardening tips and experiences.
Each of the 12 seminars focused on a gardening theme and Laura felt each session had relevance to her gardening efforts. She also enjoyed the variety of presenters, each bringing enthusiasm and knowledge to their respective teaching assignment.
Preparation for this program is taking into account the advantage of a morning session and will feature some sessions out and about the landscapes of Terre Haute. Classroom sessions not held outdoors will be held at the Ivy Tech Wabash Valley campus. If your day is full, an evening program for fall is available with Putnam County Extension (765-653-8411) this fall. An evening program series will be offered in winter of 2010 in Vigo County.
In coordinating fall daytime programs for the Purdue Master Gardener Program, I find the timeframe offers a great opportunity to apply what is learned.
In completing certification as a Purdue Master Gardener, interns have the opportunity to help others grow by working with community beautification projects, youth garden education efforts, and other educational outreach programs provided by Purdue Extension.
The decision to participate in the program requires your money and time. As program coordinator, I will work with you to make your investment positive.
Class enrollment is currently underway and seats are limited. Contact me for any questions at the Purdue Extension Vigo County office at 812-462-3371. Also feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.