2023 Purdue EMG State Conference – Extension Master Gardener Program

2023 Purdue EMG State Conference

Announcement of Plans… 

The Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program is pleased to announce the 2023 Purdue EMG State Conference to bring us back together to enjoy learning and interacting with fellow Extension Master Gardeners from all parts of Indiana! 

We hope Purdue EMG’s will mark their calendars for October 6-7, 2023 to come together once again on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, IN.

Please share this information with fellow Purdue EMG volunteers! 

Thank you for all you do as a Purdue EMG volunteer or Coordinator!

All the best,

John Orick, Purdue EMG State Coordinator (Planning committee chair)


Educational sessions are approved for Purdue EMG education hours. Please report those to your EMG County Coordinator! 

October 6, 2023 – Reception

Held in Jules Janick Horticulture Gardens, Purdue University, West Lafayette Campus (all times Eastern Time)

5:30 p.m.  Check-in for conference and reception

6:15 p.m.   Heavy Hors d’oeuvres served and social time

7:00 p.m.  Guest Presenter (TBA)

7:45 p.m.  Interactive Presentation (TBA)

8:30 p.m.  Adjourn

October 7, 2023 – Program Schedule (all times Eastern Time)

Held in a tent on Ag Mall and in classrooms located near the Horticulture Building on the Purdue West Lafayette Campus

10:00 a.m.  Opening Session – “Celebrating Purdue EMG Volunteers’ Impacts”

10:30 a.m.  Choices for Session 1:

  • Jules Janick Horticulture Gardens and Greenhouse Tour
  • Tree ID Walk & Planting Demonstration
  • Gardening While Aging /Horticultural Therapy
  • Plant Disease Diagnostics
  • Spreader Calibration & Reading the Fertilizer Bag

11:45 a.m. Break & move to tent for Lunch

12:00 p.m. Lunch provided with registration (Tent area on Ag Mall on the Purdue University, West Lafayette Campus)

1:15 p.m.   Choices for Session 2:

  • Jules Janick Horticulture Gardens and Greenhouse Tour
  • Bee Keeping Demonstration
  • Flower Arranging
  • Home Hydroponics
  • Landscape Design

2:30 p.m.  Break & change to next Session

2:45 p.m.  Choices for Session 3:

  • Jules Janick Horticulture Gardens and Greenhouse Tour
  • Vermi-Composting
  • Fruit Gardening
  • Alternatives to Pesticides & Fertilizers in Turf
  • Field Diagnostics Walking Tour

4:00 p.m.  Break & change to closing session

4:15 p.m.  Closing Session and Evaluation 

4:30 p.m.  Adjourn


Registration (Tentatively to open in early August) 

More information coming soon..


Hotels in the Area (Click to find list)


Parking, Directions, and Maps (Coming Soon!)

Purdue Campus Map

Golf carts available to transport attendees who require assistance. The registration form will ask if you need this assistance. Most educational sessions are in close proximity to each other.


Purdue EMG State Conference Planning Committee:

John Orick, Purdue EMG State Coordinator (Chair)

Jeff Burbrink, Purdue Extension Educator, LaGrange County

Pam Fisher, Purdue EMG Program Assistant

Carey Grable, Purdue Extension Educator, Marion County

Karen Mitchell, Purdue Home Horticulture Extension Specialist

Courtney Schmidt, Purdue Extension Educator, Miami County

Fred Whitford, Director, Purdue Pesticide Programs

John Woodmansee, Purdue Extension Educator, Whitley County

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