Shelby County Master Gardeners Assoc
The Master Gardener Program is "helping others grow." This program provides gardeners with an intensive education in horticultural principles. The instruction is provided without charge, however, there is a fee for supplies, which become your personal reference collection, and some refreshments. Participants who successfully complete the classroom curricula donate an equal number of volunteer hours in community gardening services. Upon completion, they are certified as Master Gardeners. A yearly donation of time is expected to maintain certification.
The original Extension Master Gardener program was created in 1972 in Seattle in response to the overwhelming demand for home gardening information. Indiana's program began in 1978 with Marion and three other participating counties. Currently, over 50 Indiana counties have active Extension Master Gardener programs.
In Indiana, the Master Gardener Program is conducted by the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service through local Extension offices. In Shelby County the program is administered by Scott Gabbard, who teaches a thirteen session course.
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Why Should You Become a Master Gardener?
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