About Us

The first Master Gardeners came together in Washington State in the early 1970s. An Extension Horticulturist was overwhelmed with questions from residents there about gardening, lawns, trees, etc. He thought that it would be great to train some interested volunteer gardeners to help him field these questions, so he developed a training program and the Master Gardeners were born.  The Indiana Master Gardener program was started by Purdue University in 1975.