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Area residents earn Master Gardener status

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The final night for the 2011 Purdue Master Gardener course in Owen County took place May 3.

During the evening, 15 individuals successfully completed the Purdue Master Gardener course and have earned the right to be called Master Gardener Interns.

Those individuals will now be around the community in full force using their volunteer hours to help with Extension programs and other educational opportunities as they try to earn the various Master Gardener ranks.

To earn the rank of Master Gardener, they must complete 35 hours of volunteer work. The highest rank, Gold Master Gardener, requires Master Gardeners to do 1,000 hours of volunteer work and attend 100 hours of educational training.

The 15 individuals who were part of the 2011 Purdue Master Gardener course in Owen County represented four different counties from around the area, including Clay County. Others were from Monroe, Owen and Morgan counties.

The 2011 Purdue Master Gardener course in Owen County allowed the interns to gain knowledge in a variety of different topics, including learning how to fertilize lawn properly, composting, proper pesticide usage and how to identify native plants.

The 12-week course gave each of the participants a chance to meet a variety of Purdue Extension Specialists, Extension Educators and other Purdue Master Gardener Interns.

Those interested in taking the Purdue Master Gardener course next time it is offered in Clay or Owen counties should contact Jenna Smith at smith535@purdue.edu.

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