Purdue Master Gardener Volunteers contribute significantly to the lives of Indiana residents and local communities each year. In 2017, the Putnam County Master Gardeners volunteered more than 2,018 hours in Putnam County by hosting horticulture related events, working at the Putnam County Fair, and working with local schools to help a high school senior receive a scholarship from the organization. During the December Putnam County Master Gardener Association Meeting, several local residents received a new Master Gardener certification. To earn Purdue Master Gardener certification, volunteers must complete horticultural training conducted by Purdue Extension county offices and engage in volunteer service that has been approved by Master Gardener county coordinators and performed in Indiana communities.
Those receiving their Master Gardener certification (35 cumulative volunteer hours & 45 cumulative education hours) include Jason Keeney.
Those receiving their Advanced Master Gardener certification (60 cumulative volunteer hours & 45 cumulative education hours) include David Burgess, Denise Burgess, Nathan Edwards, Jamie Jones, and Donna Wilson.
Those receiving their Advanced Bronze Master Gardener certification (200 cumulative volunteer hours & 60 cumulative education hours) include Brenda Freeman, Esther Hurst, and Damaris Zehner.
Those receiving their Advanced Silver Master Gardener certification (500 cumulative volunteer hours & 75 cumulative education hours) include Meredith Bee, Nan Girk, and Karen Martoglio.
Those receiving their Advanced Gold 1,000 Master Gardener certificate (1,000 cumulative volunteer hours & 100 cumulative education hours) include Cyndi Blocher and Ginny Jones.
Those receiving their Advanced Gold 2,000 Master Gardener certificate (2,000 cumulative volunteer hours & 200 cumulative education hours) include Dale Cantonwine.
If you would like to know more about the Purdue Master Gardener program, please contact the Putnam County Extension Office at 765-653-8411. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity institution