CROWN POINT | If you want to sharpen your gardening skills and you have an interest in sharing your knowledge with others, Purdue University has the ideal program.
Beginning June 12, a Purdue Master Gardener Program training series will be offered for residents of Lake County and surrounding areas.
The Purdue Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program that provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects.
Once trained, participants volunteer, representing Purdue University, and grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities.
Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. "This is a great opportunity for K-12 teachers, said Nikky Witkowski, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service educator for Agriculture & Natural Resources/Horticulture.
Participants will be exposed to a wide range of subjects, including soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety, and culture of vegetable, flower, landscape, and fruit plants.
Materials and expenses for the classes cost $200 per participant. This fee covers reference notebooks and supplies that become part of the Master Gardener's personal collection.
While class members will be encouraged to create new educational outreach programs, there are already a number of opportunities for which volunteers are needed. These projects include the staffing information booths at gardening events, teaching public education classes, speaking to local clubs and organizations, and hand-on demonstration gardens.
For an application or questions about the program, contact Witkowski, at 880 E. 99th Ct., Suite A, Crown Point, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/lake/Pages/MasterGardeners.aspx, or (219) 755-3240.