The Delaware County Master Gardener Association was started in 1989. The goal of the association is to extend Purdue Universities Extension Services by providing educational programs to the public in the area of home horticulture.
Membership is open to anyone who has completed the Master Gardener training or is currently enrolled in the program and who has completed their volunteer hours. Throughout the year, the DCMGA holds monthly meetings with guest speakers, has interactive kids activities and is available to answer questions at the farmers market.
To become a Purdue Master Gardener, you must be 18 years old and are required to complete the Master Gardener training course, pass the final exam with a 70% or better and complete 35 hours of volunteer service. Training classes cover a variety of topics including plant science and nutrition, pests and diseases, soil science, weed management, vegetables, fruits, lawn care and fertilizing.