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Master Gardeners to offer training classes

Master Gardeners to offer training classes Master Gardeners to offer training classes

The Harrison County Master Gardeners provide a lot of volunteer hours to promote the county and could use more members and volunteers.

To reach this goal, Purdue Extension will host Master Gardener training classes in Harrison County if 10 or more people register.

Classes will take place on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Extension office building at 247 Atwood St. in Corydon beginning Feb. 1 and concluding May 3. Two hours of training will be virtual, while the third hour will be in person with Harrison County’s Extension coordinator and Harrison County Master Gardeners.

There will be a variety of subjects taught, including basic vegetable and fruit gardening, weed and insect control, lawn care, plant science and soil and plant nutrition.

Cost is $180 per person or $280 for two people sharing the printed version of the Master Gardener Manual. To encourage early sign ups, the Harrison County Master Gardeners will pay the $80 manual fee for those who sign up by Dec. 22. Otherwise, the application deadline is Jan. 11.

Once training is completed, there are many areas available to volunteer. The Master Gardeners maintain a pollinator garden behind the May & Joe Rhoads Memorial Pool and a mini botanical garden at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, both in Corydon. Some help with the flowers in downtown Corydon along with the plants in the Old Capitol Herb Garden. Some are on a bluebird team and help monitor bluebird box trails. Some hold monthly classes at Harrison Springs Trilogy. Most help with an annual spring workshop for adults, teens and children and assist with greenhouse plantings. Some have helped children at Corydon Elementary School and the Boys & Girls Club with landscaping projects. Master Gardeners also helped this year with a pioneer vegetable garden at the O’Bannon Woods State Park Nature Center’s Pioneer Village.

For more information or to request a registration form, contact Wanda Phillips by email at [email protected], Anna Denny at [email protected] or Miranda Edge at [email protected] or stop by the  Purdue Extension Office, at 247 Atwood St., or call the office at 812-738-4236.