Master Gardeners of Whitley County

Garden Walk 2021 is On!!!!

Master Gardeners’ Garden Walk - June 19

Master Gardeners’ Garden Walk is ON again for 2021! Event participants will view gardens north of Columbia City in the areas of north 350 West, Old Lake and Crooked Lake. Purchase tickets at the Extension office, the Posey Patch or Whitley County Farmers’ Market. The cost is $8 pre-sale, or $10 the day of event.

Around the community

Want an opportunity to help beautify our community, but not quite sure you want to take the plunge and become a Master Gardener? You can help us and we can help you decide! If you are interested in spending some time outside and learning more about and from the Whitley County MGs please see the message below from our City Parks Liaison...

We need your help please!!! I just came home from spending time gardening at Morsches Park. I love spring time. I am the liaison between Whitley County Master Gardeners and the Columbia City Parks Department. Do you love being outside? Do you like getting your hands a little dirty? Do have a little time to give back to your community? I NEED YOU! Please contact me so we can talk about ways you might help keep the city gardens beautiful. Thanks so much.

Jeannine Nix


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.

*** Due to COVID restrictions the meetings are currently 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 second year that the Purdue Extension Whitley County Master Gardeners have offered this grant money.

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 2021 by October 30th, 2021. Funds awarded for 2021 must be used by the end of 2022

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