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 Master Gardener?
Registration is now open for the 2020 Master Gardener Basic Training class! To adjust for COVID-19, it will be online!

Live Webinars Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm
August 25 – December 15, 2020  

For Fall 2020, there will be a Statewide Virtual Purdue EMG Basic Training from August 25 – December 15, 2020 (includes final exam due date). Many counties have come together to offer this program which includes a local county connection hour. The statewide live webinars will be held on Tuesdays, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (ET).

Cost of the training class is

$175.00 for an individual registration with print version of Purdue EMG Manual. Pay an additional $25.00 to add the digital version of the manual.

$270.00 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. (Sharing option works best for two people living in the same household.)

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 fill contact the extension office:

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