Learn from the best; Master Gardener program set

Starting next month, local gardeners can get a certification from Purdue University about their growing expertise.

The Purdue Master Gardener program training series will be offered beginning Aug. 18 for residents of Johnson County and surrounding areas.

The program is a volunteer training program that provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. In turn, participants volunteer, representing Purdue by sharing knowledge and providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities in the surrounding area.

Training will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at the extension office in Franklin, 484 N. Morton St.

Participants will learn about soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety, and the culture of vegetable, flower, landscape and fruit plants.

Materials and expenses for the series of classes cost $125 per participant. This fee covers such items as reference notebooks, mailings and name badges.

To learn more or sign up, call 736-3724 or email sspeedy@purdue.edu.