The Purdue Master Gardener Training Program is an integral part of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. Through the 12-week training program, participants increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. In turn, participants volunteer, representing Purdue University, by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities throughout the community.
The Master Gardener program was created in Seattle in 1972 in response to the overwhelming demand for home gardening information. The Indiana Master Gardener program began in 1978 in 4 participating counties. Currently, over 70 Indiana counties have active Master Gardener programs with over 3,200 active Master Gardener volunteers. They volunteer more than 88,000 hours annually, worth more than $1.5 million. That's 88,000 hours x $17.55 per hour if paid in the private sector. More than 1,000 new Purdue Master Gardener interns are trained each year.
The Floyd County Extension Office will offer classes again in early 2015. If you are interested in being put on the waiting list for the 2015 classes, complete the Master Gardener Application and Background Consent Forms below and mail to: Horticulture Program Assistant, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, Floyd County, 3000 Technology Avenue, Suite L2110, New Albany, IN 47150.
For more information or if you have questions, call the Floyd County Extension Office at 812-948-5470.
Master Gardener Application Floyd County
Master Gardener Training Overview Floyd.pdf
Consent for Background Check