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Gardener program scheduled

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Those interesting in sharpening their gardening skills and sharing knowledge with others are invited to a Purdue Master Gardener Program.

The program, beginning Feb. 2, will be offered for residents of Clay and Owen counties 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 take place on Tuesday nights, from 6-9 p.m., at the Clay County Extension Office. It will run from Feb. 2, to April 27, with no class on April 13. Participants will be exposed to a wide range of subjects, including soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety and more. The topics will be covered by a host of different Purdue Extension Specialist and Extension Educators.

Materials and expenses for the series of classes cost $75 per person. The expense fee covers items such as reference notebooks, mailings and name badges.

The materials all become part of the Master Gardener's personal collection.

There is limited space available for the program. Pre-registering is encouraged. Call the Clay County Extension Office at 448-9041 to register.

Through the Purdue Master Gardener program, those taking part will achieve the rank of Master Gardener Intern by passing an exam with a score of 70 percent. Once they achieve the rank, they must volunteer for at least 35 hours to become a certified Master Gardener.

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