During the evening, 16 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 volunteer hours. 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 16 individuals who were part of the course in Clay County represented different counties from around the area. The 2012 Purdue Master Gardener course in Clay County allowed the interns to gain knowledge in a variety of different topics. Some of the highlights included learning how to fertilize the lawn properly, companion planting in herbs, plant propagation, and proper pesticide use.
The 12-week course gave each of the participants a chance to meet a variety of different Purdue Extension Specialists, Extension Educators and other Purdue Master Gardeners.
For more information, call Jenna Smith at 448-9041, or 812-829-5020 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.