What is the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program? – Extension Master Gardener Program

The Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program is an integral part of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and provides the citizens of Indiana a chance to grow.  The original Master Gardener program was created in 1972 in Seattle, Washington in response to the overwhelming demand for home gardening information. Indiana’s program began in 1978 with 4 participating counties. Currently, over 50 Indiana counties have active Extension Master Gardener programs.

The Program provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. In turn, participants volunteer and help others grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities.

Did you know?

In 2020, there were over 2,400 active Purdue Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in Indiana, and these volunteers contributed more than 98,000 volunteer hours worth more than $2.4 million!  And, there were over 600 new Purdue Extension Master Gardener interns trained in 2020.

Just some examples of Purdue Extension Master Gardener volunteer activities in local Indiana communities:

  • Presenting educational programs
  • Working with youth (Junior Master Gardeners, 4-H, schools, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc.)
  • Q & A Booths
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Community & demonstration gardens
  • Donations of produce to local food banks (i.e. From community, demo, and plant a row for the hungry)
  • Hort therapy for elderly (nursing homes) & at-risk youth
  • Community beautification
  • And more…

2020 Purdue EMG Annual Report

National Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Impact

Want to know how you can become a Purdue Extension Master Gardener?

Join the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program and Help Others Grow.

For more detailed information about the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program, please review:

Link to Purdue Publication MG-5-W - Purdue Master Gardener Program Policy Guide

Purdue Master Gardener Program Policy Guide - MG-5-W


 HO-184 - Purdue EMG Brochure

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