Master Gardeners of Whitley County

Plant Sale!!!

Mark your calendars for May 14th from 9am-3pm. The Whtley county Master Gardeners will be hosting a plant sale at the Woodlands Senior Center in Columbia City. PLants have been donated from Mater Gardener's personal gardens or divided from some of the gardens that we help maintain in the community. Proceeds from the sale will enable the group to conduct future educational events or be used to help us maintain community gardens in Whitley County.



The Whitley County program is affiliated with Purdue University, the Indiana land grant university. Those enrolling in the program get the initial training through a thirteen week course. There's about 70 active members in the Whitley County Master Gardener program.

The club meets on the first Thursday evening of each month for a 6:30 business session.

**The meetings are currently in person at the Woodland Senior Center and conducted via ZOOM***

Want to become a Master Gardener?

Don't wait! Contact the Extension office!

Below is the policy handbook. The extension office can give all the details about upcoming classes for 2021!



MG Grant opportunity

The mission of the Purdue Extension Whitley County Master Gardeners is to positively impact our community by educating on good gardening practices. This includes education on environmental practices that benefit our community. To accomplish this goal, the group is offering grant money to enable and encourage projects that would allow organizations to be innovators in gardening practices, a well as impact the beauty of our communities. The grant opportunities are for Whitley County not for profit organizations or groups. This is the third year that the Purdue Extension Whitley County Master Gardeners have offered this grant money.


Grants awarded in 2021:

In 2021, The Giving Gardens of Indiana received funds to supplement their Farm and Forest School and the implementation of a strawberry bed. They will be doing a presentation later this year on their project.


Grants awarded in 2020:

The Purdue Extension Whitley County Master Gardeners awarded grant money to two organizations for 2020. The first was the Columbia City High School Spanish IV class. They implemented a “traveling gardens” program. The second grant award went to the Peabody Public Library to assist in funding connecting people and nature. Gardens were created including a pollinator garden to educate children on the importance of pollination and a vegetable garden to supply cooking programs.

In 2021, The Giving Gardens of Indiana received funds to supplement their Farm and Forest School and the implementation of a strawberry bed. They will be doing a presentation later this year on their project

Grants awarded in 2019:

The first was to the Columbia City High School Spanish IV class. The class established several travelling gardens that were showcased in several local schools.

The second grant award went to the Peabody Public Library. The library plans on establishing a pollinator garden to increase community awareness of pollinators and the plants they need.


Please complete and submit Grant applications for 2022 by October 30th, 2022. Funds awarded for 2022 must be used by the end of 2023

Come join us!! Watch the short video below to find how you can become a Master Gardener...

Become_a_Master_Gardener.mp4