Become a Master Gardener

Southwestern Indiana Master Gardeners Association (SWIMGA) members are trained volunteers that participate in the community to teach the public more about growing plants. SWIMGA is administered through Purdue University and its Extension Services, which also sanctions Master Gardener programs throughout Indiana.

Classes to become a Master Gardener are offered at Ivy Tech each fall.

Larry Caplan is the Vanderburgh County Extension Educator
Ph:  812-435-5287 -or- 812-867-4935
Email:  LCaplan@purdue.edu

For more information on our organization, download our SWIMGA brochure.

Master Gardeners offer their expertise as volunteers in a wide range of community garden projects.

Activities include:

  • Answering phone requests for horticultural information
  • Educational seminars
  • Running plant clinics and demonstrations
  • Developing educational programs and activities
  • Creating demonstration gardens
  • Providing one-on-one gardening education