Master Gardener training to begin soon

Gardeners wanting to sharpen their skills and serve the community are invited to participate in Master Gardener intern training.

Residents of Bartholomew County and surrounding areas will be able to participate in the Purdue Master Gardener intern training program, starting Aug. 22. Training will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 14 at the Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena Community Room, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus.

Participants will learn a wide range of horticultural subjects, including vegetable and herb gardening, plant problem diagnosis and control, pesticides and alternatives, lawn care, animal damage control and herbaceous plants. Students can then apply their new knowledge, leadership and service in educational gardening activities within the community. Thirty-five hours of volunteer service are required to become a certified Purdue Master Gardener.

Materials for the series begin at $70, depending on the format selected. Fee assistance is available. Applications can be found at the Purdue University Extension Office, 965 Repp Drive, Columbus, and at They are due by Aug. 1.