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Master Gardener Program Overview

The Purdue Master Gardener Program is an integral part of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and provides the citizens of Indiana a chance to grow. Under the guidance and support of Purdue Extension, selected residents of a county voluntarily begin a training program specifically designed to prepare them to help others grow.

The program provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects.

When these volunteers complete the 12- to 16-week training program (one 3-hour class per week) and pass an examination (at least a 70% score), they are then identified by the county and Purdue as Master Gardener Interns. The Master Gardener Interns are expected to complete 35 volunteer service hours, representing the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. They help others grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities, under the guidance of the local Program Coordinator.

When the minimum volunteer commitment has been fulfilled, volunteers are then certified as Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners remain active by completing six hours of educational training and twelve hours of volunteer service per year. Advanced levels of certification are offered to help with recognition and retention of volunteers.

Grant County's Master Gardener program began under the direction of Virgil Griffith in 1980, and it continues to be a very popular and thriving program today. If you are interested in more information about the Master Gardener Program in Grant County, you may respond through the county Master Gardener program informational brochure, the general Purdue Master Gardener Program informational brochure (Purdue publication HO-184: html or pdf), or through the e-mail link above.

In addition, if you are part of a local community group that would like to have a Master Gardener teach your group about a gardening topic, please e-mail the Purdue Extension office in Grant County, or call the office at 765-651-2413. Please allow plenty of time to make arrangements.

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Training Classes/Events

There are basically two types of training programs associated with the

Purdue Master Gardener program...


1. Basic Training (Intern Training) - This is step #1, the first course you take. It is typically a 12- to 16-week program that provides the foundation upon which the volunteer program is built. For a current listing of scheduled basic training classes in the state, click here. For more information, call the Purdue Extension office in Grant County at 765-651-2413.

  • Training scheduled to start January 2014 cancelled.

Purdue Extension

Hobby Gardener Series


Although completely separate from and unrelated to the Master Gardener program, Purdue Extension in Grant County has offered and continues to offer a series to interested local people, the Hobby Gardener Series. No experience necessary! Come to learn and pick up a few tips that may help you become a better gardener. Classes are on a multi-year, rotating schedule. Schedule subject to change or cancellation.


Series 1: "From the ground up,"

    Soils and fertilizers, plant science, and composting

    Fall, 2012

Series 2: "Keeping plants healthy,"

    Plant diseases, insects, weeds, pesticide safety and alternatives

    Fall, 2013

Series 3: "Way to grow!"

    Flowers, Herbs, Vegetables

    Fall, 2014

Series 4: "Improving lawn and garden,"

    Lawn care, tree & shrub care, critter control

    Fall, 2015

2. Advanced Educational Training - Advanced training sessions are typically hosted by county Program Coordinators or by Purdue staff at conferences. For upcoming advanced training sessions in the state, click here. Topics are different for each training location, and they appeal to a wide variety of gardening interests.

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Volunteer Degree Information

Minimum Certification Requirements

Award Cumulative Volunteer Hours Cumulative Educational Training Hours
Master Gardener 35 35*
Advanced Master Gardener 60 45
Bronze Advanced Master Gardener 200 60
Silver Advanced Master Gardener 500 75
Gold Advanced Master Gardener "Gold 1000" 1000 100
Gold Advanced Master Gardener "Gold 2000" 2000 200
Gold Advanced Master Gardener "Gold 3000" 3000 300
Gold Advanced Master Gardener "Gold 4000" 4000 400
Gold Advanced Master Gardener "Gold 5000" 5000 500

Volunteer hours are reported to the Program Coordinator on a Volunteer Report. To remain "active," a Master Gardener must donate a minimum of twelve (12) hours of volunteer service and receive six (6) hours of advanced educational training each year. Advanced training may be obtained through:

Name badges and certificates: In Grant County, your intern badge, Master Gardener badge and Advanced Master Gardener badge are included with your initial intern training fee. However, bronze, silver and gold advanced Master Gardener badges are not included with the initial intern training fee to keep that cost down, and because few reach these levels. Therefore, volunteers reaching these levels are asked to provide money needed to pay for the badges. All certificates acknowledging your level of certification are free.

*These 35 hours are accumulated through the initial 12- to 16-week Intern Training class.

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Master Gardeners and Friends Club

In Grant County, many Master Gardeners find rewarding fellowship, education and volunteer opportunities through participation in the Master Gardeners and Friends Club. The club meets on the second Thursday of each month, usually at 6:30 at the Marion Public Library (unless something special is planned). Contact the Extension office for more information at 765-651-2413.

In addition to regular meetings, the club conducts other various activities throughout the year, such as plant swaps, tours, trips, etc. Contact a club officer for details.

Meeting programs are planned as follows. We'll try hard to keep the website updated, or you may call club president or Extension office for updates to the schedule, which may occur. Note that times and meeting locations may be different for various months.

 (TBA = to be announced)

***All times/dates subject to change***

2014 Meeting/

Event Date



Meeting/Program Notes

Jan. 9

 6:30 p.m.

Marion Public Library, Room A

Regular meeting.

Feb. 13

6:30 p.m.

Marion Public Library, Room A

Regular meeting

March 13

6:30 p.m.

Marion Public Library, Room A

Regular meeting.

April 10

6:30 p.m.

Marion Public Library, Room A

Regular meeting.

May 3 - Plant Swap

9:00 a.m. setup
10:00 a.m. swap

Grant County 4-H Fairgrounds
Commercial Building

First Saturday in May Plant Swap - bring a plant and swap for another. You may make a donation if you don't have any plants to swap.

May 8

5:30 p.m.;

6:30 p.m.

 Marion Public Library, Room A

Advanced Master Gardener Training planning committee meets prior to regular meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.

May 10

8:00 a.m. Setup
9am-1pm Sale

At: Tractor Supply Company (TSC)
3416 S Western Ave, Marion, IN

Tomato and pepper sale! Buy quality plants and support the local club.

June 12

6:00 p.m.


Master Gardener Annual Picnic. Interns introduced and VOLUNTEER GRADUATION will take place.

June 16-21

4-10 p.m. M-F

Noon - 10pm Sat

Master Gardeners and Friends Booth at 4-H Fair

Horticulture Information Booth; promote Master Gardeners, gardening "theme". Set up weekend prior tba. Clean up Sat 9-10pm.

July 10

6:30 p.m.

Marion Public Library, Room A

Regular meeting.

Aug. 14

6:30 p.m.

Marion Public Library, Room A

Regular meeting.

Sept. 11

6:30 p.m.

Marion Public Library, Room A

Regular meeting.

Oct. 4 - Plant Swap

9:00 a.m. setup
10:00 a.m. swap

Grant County 4-H Fairgrounds
(Community Bldg. Sm. Room)

First Saturday in October Plant Swap - bring plants and swap for others. You may make a donation if you don't have any plants to swap.

Oct. 9

6:30 p.m.

Marion Public Library, Room A

Regular meeting

Nov. 13

6:30 p.m.

Marion Public Library, Room A

Regular meeting: Election of officers

Dec. 11

6:00 p.m.


Holiday celebration dinner; plus VOLUNTEER GRADUATION will take place.

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Horticultural Links of InterestGet Adobe Reader

Below are links to information that address some of the more common requests received in the Grant County Extension office.

Quick Guide to Ornamental Annuals, by Mary Welch-Keesey - nice identification & cultural requirements tool! (7.37MB)


If you see "P" beside the listing, it means the link is to an exclusive Purdue Extension publication or Purdue University web resource. Other sources, or joint projects between Purdue University and others are noted.

American Horticultural Society

    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

    AHS Heat Zone Map

Horticulture & Landscape

    Abiotic Plant Disorders (Michigan State University)

    ACORN P (Alternative Control Outreach Research Network)

    All America Selections

    American Horticultural Society 

    Annual Trials at Michigan State University 

    Arboretums and Botanical Gardens (a few selections among many others for you to consider)

Arnold Arboretum (Harvard Univ.)

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (Univ. of Minn.)

Morton Arboretum (non-profit in Illinois)

Purdue Horticulture's list of Indiana public arboretums and botanical gardens to consider visiting

United States National Arboretum (USDA)

Univ. of Illinois Arboretum

    Attracting Butterflies to Your Yard P (Publication FNR-248)

    Consumer Horticulture P

    Facts for Fancy Fruit Newsletter P

    Fertilizing Woody Plants P (Publication HO-140)

    Floriculture Extension P

    Flowers and Houseplants, Purdue Extension publications on P

    Fruit, Purdue Extension publications on P

    Garden Calendar - Spring P (Publication HO-91)

    Garden Calendar - Summer (Publication HO-92)

    Garden Calendar - Autumn P (Publication HO-93)

    Garden Calendar - Winter P (Publication HO-90)

    Garden Tips P

    General Horticulture, Purdue Extension publications on P

    Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Good Handling Practices (GHPs) Audit Verification Program User's Guide (USDA - Commercial vegetables & fruits)

    Guide for Organic Crop Producers (USDA)

    Home Gardener's Guide P (Vegetables - Publication HO-32)

    Horticulture & Landscape Architecture Extension P

    The Indiana Flower Grower newsletter P

    Insect and Mite Control on Woody Ornamentals and Herbaceous Perennials (Ohio State University Extension Bulletin 504)

    IPM of Midwest Landscapes - Home Page (Univ. of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and USDA North Central IPM Center)

    IPM of Midwest Landscapes - Beneficial Insects, Mites, and Spiders (Univ. of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and USDA North Central IPM Center)

    IPM of Midwest Landscapes - Pests of Trees and Shrubs (Univ. of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and USDA North Central IPM Center)

    IPM of Midwest Landscapes - Pest of Turf (Univ. of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and USDA North Central IPM Center)

    Landscape Alternatives for Invasive Plants of the Midwest (Purdue University, The Nature Conservancy of Indiana and others)

    Landscape Design and Management, Purdue Extension publication on P

    Lawn Care publications P (Publications on lawn care and turfgrass management)

    Managing Insects in the Home Vegetable Garden P (Publication E-21; large file: 5.94 MB)

    Managing Pests in Home Fruit Plantings P (Publication ID-146, tree fruits)

    Managing Yard Waste: Clippings and Compost P (Publication ID-182)

    Marion Community Gardens Association 

    Midwest Home Fruit Production Guide (Ohio State University Extension Bulletin 940) 

    Midwest Small Fruit Pest Management Handbook (Ohio State University Extension Bulletin 861)

    Midwest Tree Fruit Pest Management Handbook (University of Kentucky Extension publication ID-93)

    Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers P (Publication ID-56)

    New Agriculture Network (Sustainable & Organic Ag in Great Lakes Region - Purdue Univ., Michigan State Univ., Univ. of Illinois, and growers)

    New Crop Resource On-Line Program P

    Organic Vegetable Production P (Publication ID-316, large file)

    Plant Identification P (Purdue Horticulture "Senior Study" - ornamentals, flowers, fruits & nuts, vegetables)

    Plant Information On-line (Univ. of Minn. & Minnesota Landscape Arboretum)

    Planting Landscape Trees and Shrubs P (Publication HO-100)

    Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs P (Publication HO-4)

    Purdue Turfgrass Science P  

    Purdue Master Gardener Program P

    Purdue Master Gardener Program in Grant County P

    Purdue University Floriculture Extension P

    Purdue University Garden Publications P

    Quick Guide to Ornamental Annuals (Identification guide by Mary Welch-Keesey, Purdue consumer horticulturist (retired), 7.37MB)

    Trees and Storms P (Publication FNR-FAQ-12-W) 

    Turf Tips P

    TURFCAST P (On-line turfgrass disease risk assessment tool)

    Turfgrass Disease Profiles P (Publications on turf diseases)

    Turfgrass Fertilization Calculator P

    Turfgrass Identification Tool P

    Turfgrass Insect Management P (Publication E-61)

    Turfgrass Science Website P 

    Urban Forestry P (Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources)

    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

    Vegetable Crops Hotline newsletter P (Designed for commercial growers)

    Vegetables, Purdue Extension publications on P

    Vegetable Tips website P

    Why Fruit Trees Fail to Bear (Iowa State University) 


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Grant County Office Complex ● 401 South Adams Street, Room 422 ● Marion, IN  46953 ● 765-651-2413

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Last updated: Dec. 23, 2013