The Hendricks County Extension Office is currently taking registrations for the upcoming Master Gardener Program beginning Jan. 7, 2014. Classes are from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex. The course will continue through May 27.
Class participants will learn about: plant science, plant nutrition, soil science, vegetables, herbs, lawn care, landscaping, fruit, weeds and pesticides, herbaceous ornamentals, woody ornamentals, native plants and wildflowers, identification and control of insect pests, and identification and control of plant diseases. No previous gardening experience is required.
The 13 weeks of class time, a binder with Master Gardener materials, and weekly handouts are all included for a registration fee of $115. Participants can also take advantage of the $50 discount for couples with the same address.
Class size is limited to 40 participants so get your registration in soon. Visit the Purdue Extension–Hendricks County website, www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/hendricks, for a registration form. More information is also available at www.hendricksgardeners. Those interested may request a form by calling 745-9260.
The Master Gardener Program is one way the Hendricks County Extension Service puts knowledge to work and helps people grow.
First, the Master Gardener Program helps gardeners grow by providing them with intensive education in horticultural principles. Participants, in turn, share their knowledge and help others grow by providing volunteer leadership and service to their communities in educational gardening activities.
The original Master Gardener Program was created in 1972 in Seattle in response to the overwhelming demand for home gardening information. Indiana’s program began in 1978 with four participating counties. Currently, over 60 Indiana counties have active Master Gardener Programs.
Gift certificates are available by calling Janet Cunningham at the extension office at 745-9260.