Become a Master Gardener

Become a Master Gardener

11202658_10153520329223941_6114528782438937177_nThe 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. It provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. In turn, participants volunteer and help others grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities.

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 40 hours of volunteer service. Topics covered in the training course include (but are not limited to): Soil Science, Plant Nutrition, Lawn Care, Plant Science, Vegetables, Fruit, Invasive Species, Insect Pest Diagnosis and Control, Weed Identification and Control, Plant Disease Diagnosis and Control, Woody and Herbaceous Ornamentals, Animal Damage and Control.

Interested in becoming a Purdue Extension Master Gardener?
Registration for the Virtual Statewide Purdue Extension MG Basic Training Spring 2022 class is closed.  Please watch for updates for the Summer class.


Cost of the training class

$180.00 for an individual registration with print version of Purdue EMG Manual. Pay an additional $25.00 to add the digital version of the manual.

$280.00 for two people sharing a print version of the Purdue EMG Manual. Pay an additional $25.00, to add the digital version of the manual.

Participants need to fill out the Master Gardener Volunteer application and send a copy of their valid photo-ID to

If you have questions please contact the extension office:

Laurynn Thieme
Master Gardener County Coordinator
Delaware County Extension Service
Room 202 , 100 West Main Street
Muncie, IN 47305