Thank you for your interest in the Purdue Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Statewide Basic Training. Our main objective is to train volunteers to assist Purdue Extension with home horticulture education in local communities. Purdue EMG’s receive training in horticulture to equip them to fulfill this educational role through volunteering in a variety of projects approved by their local EMG County Coordinator (Purdue Extension Educator). The requirements for Purdue EMG certification include acceptance into the training through an application and screening process, payment of registration fee, completion of the EMG Basic Training which includes passing the open-book final exam with a score of 70% or higher, and contributing at least 40 hours of volunteer service approved by the local EMG County Coordinator within two years. Purdue Extension Master Gardeners are also required to complete at least 12 volunteer and 6 continuing education hours every year in order to stay active.
The Purdue Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Program will hold a statewide virtual Extension Master Basic Gardener Training on Wednesdays, March 3 through June 2, 2021, from 1:30-3:30 PM ET via live webinars. Final exam given after June 2. There will also be a weekly local connection hour with your county’s Extension Master Gardener coordinator (Emma Mendez).
Tentative Statewide Webinar Schedule
February 24 Test Connect Session (optional) – test your connection and become familiar with WebEx
March 3 Purdue EMG Orientation
March 10 Plant Science
March 17 Soils and Plant Nutrition
March 24 Animal Pests
March 31 Plant Disease Diagnosis
April 7 Weed ID and Control
April 14 Insect ID and Control
April 21 Invasive Species
April 28 Pesticide Safety and Alternatives
May 5 Herbaceous Ornamentals
May 12 Woody Ornamentals
May 19 Fruit Gardening
May 26 Lawn Care
June 2 Vegetable Gardening
After June 2 – Final Exam, post-test, and post-program survey
Steps for Participating in the Training
Step 1: Application (Application deadline is February 12, 2021.)
Contact Emma Mendez at the Hamilton County Extension Office, and she will send you the application information.
Step 2: Registration and Fees (Once your application is approved, you will receive registration and payment information from our local county office. Online registration will open in early January, 2021.)
- $175.00 for an individual registration with print version of Purdue EMG Manual.
- $270.00 for two people sharing a print version of the Purdue EMG Manual, both will need application approval prior to registering and paying.
- Information about the availability/cost of adding a digital version of the manual provided soon.
Please read the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program Policy Guide and complete, sign, and return the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Application and Agreement (Form EMG-1) to Emma Mendez, for Hamilton County. You may download the policy guide here: https://extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/mg/mg-5-w.pdf or contact the office to receive a copy.
Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution and is committed to making all programs accessible to participants. If you require auxiliary aids or services, or if you have other program-related concerns, please contact Emma Mendez (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 2 weeks prior to the program.