February 2018

Smaller Garden — Bigger Impact at 2014 Emily N. Daniels Horticulture Symposium Feb. 6, 2014

February 6, 2014
8:00 AMto4:00 PM

A pot of herbs is one way to make the most out of small-space gardens. Learn more about Smaller Garden — Bigger Impact at the 2nd annual Emily N. Daniels Horticulture Symposium at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. © Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

In today’s gardening world, less can definitely be more. The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s daylong horticulture symposium, Smaller Garden — Bigger Impact, will bring together regional and national experts to discuss the challenges and joys of gardening in smaller spaces.

Suitable for the novice gardener as well as the professional designer, topics will include: plant selection ranging from moderately sized woodies to abundantly prolific fruits and vegetables, intriguing perennials to liven up any garden or patio, and special design considerations for these new spaces.

Speakers will be: C. Colston Burrell, Lee Reich, Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp and Vincent Simeone. A wide selection of relevant gardening books will be available for purchase, as well as ample opportunity for one-on-one conversation with the speakers and IMA Horticulture staff.

Sponsored in part by the IMA Horticultural Society, the 2nd annual Emily N. Daniels Horticulture Symposium will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at The Toby. Register today!




24th annual Orchard in Bloom celebrates 90th anniversary of The Orchard School

May 2, 2013
6:00 PMto8:30 PM
May 3, 2013
10:00 AMto6:00 PM
May 4, 2013
10:00 AMto6:00 PM
May 5, 2013
11:00 AMto4:00 PM

What: 24th annual Orchard in Bloom. In honor of the 90th anniversary of The Orchard School, the theme is Growing to Learn. Proceeds benefit the school and Indy Parks. The unique partnership between The Orchard School and Indy Parks has raised more than $1 million in the last decade to support outdoor education at Orchard and Indy Parks. Holliday Park, specifically, has received $200,000 for new and innovative outdoor educational programs for all of Central Indiana which have touched the lives of hundreds of area children in public and private schools, as well as their families and senior citizens. The Orchard School’s Outdoor Education Coordinator Diana Shellhaas is the 2013 Honorary Chairperson. The truly amazing thing about this event is the work and spirit of the volunteers, including parents and community members. It’s a massive undertaking and one done extremely well.

Landscape designer Gus Lemcke incorporated Orchard in Bloom's 2012 edible theme into his tabletop arrangement. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2013. Preview Party, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2013.

Where: Holliday Park, 64th Street and Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis. No parking allowed in park or vicinity. Free parking and shuttle service at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St.

Admission: $10 in advance, available at Marsh Supermarkets, The National Bank of Indianapolis branches, The Orchard School and the Holliday Park Nature Center. Tickets are $12 at the gate the days of the show. A three-day ticket is $15. Children 14 and under are free.

Speakers: Garden and Natural Living Symposium, includes Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, the Hoosier Gardener, who will speak about edible landscapes (times to be announced). Other seminars and demonstrations by landscapers, green-living experts, garden specialists and more.

Other info:

‡The Garden Pavilion showcases innovative gardens, featuring edible landscapes, created by renowned local landscape designers. Their theme this year for landscapers is “Growing to Learn” in honor of The Orchard School’s 90th anniversary.

Microgardens feature landscape ideas for smaller spaces.

Garden and Natural Living Symposium speakers and events will occur throughout the weekend and will feature landscape specialists, green-living experts, and garden specialists.

The annual Containers In Bloom competition is back and puts garden club experts, individuals and students to task in a container gardening competition.

The Exhibition Tents delight shoppers with more than 100 local and regional vendors, selling handcrafted tools, garden furniture, herbs, blooming plants and flowers, artwork and more. Look for featured vendors offering products made from repurposed or recycled goods.

The Children’s Area offers outdoor fun to entertain and enlighten the younger set. Kids can grow their own salad, plant a pizza garden, or simply play in the kids’ tent.

The Garden Café offers tasty meals and snacks and will feature natural and organic products.

The Planting of the Orchard Arboretum, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 26, Arbor Day, The Orchard School.

Chef Showdown, May 2, during the Orchard In Bloom Preview Party

Run for the Bloom, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 5, The Orchard School.

Featured artist: Douglas David, owner of Douglas David Cottage.

Sponsors: The Bank of Indianapolis, Indy Parks and The Orchard School.

Elderberry focus of herb symposium April 20

April 20, 2013
9:00 AMto3:00 PM

What: Elderberries, Fairies & Herbs,  spring symposium sponsored by the Herb Society of Central Indiana.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Where: Hamilton County 4-H Fair Grounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville, Ind.

Admission: Cost $40, registration deadline April 13.

For more info: Herb Society of Central Indiana, (317) 251-6986.

Black Beauty elderberry (Sambucus). Elderberry is the 2013 Herb of the Year. Photo courtesy Proven Winners/ColorChoice Plants.

About the symposium:

Features Elderberry, the International Herb of the Year, with speaker Carolee Snyder of Carolee’s Herb Farm; Using Herbs to Create a Fairy Garden with Master Gardener Darlene Trusty; and Herbal Baskets with Mary Buckles of Prairie Home Herbs. Also, herbal treats, catered luncheon, silent auction, plants and herbal products.

Indiana Garden School set for April 6 in Anderson

April 6, 2013
9:00 AMto3:30 PM

What: The Indiana Garden School, sponsored by the Madison County Master Gardener Association.

When: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT, Saturday, April 6, 2013, registration begins at 8 a.m.

Where: Madison Park Church of God, 6077 Providence Drive, Anderson, Ind.

Admission: $30/individual; $40/family, includes lunch.

Contact: Steve Doty,, (317) 485-5593.

More info:

Keynote speaker is Joe Stasey, a Hamilton County Master Gardener and Tree Steward.  Roy Ballard, Hancock County Extension Educator, will cover vegetable gardening and gardening for pollination and Master Gardener Karen Lackey will teach how to cook what is harvested from the garden. Brian MacGowan will share his knowledge on wildlife backyard habitats and controlling wildlife damage around the yard. Diane Shafer will discuss some wildlife that she has rehabitated. Kevin Tungesvick will teach how to improve landscapes with wildflowers. Marion County Extension Educator Steve Mayer will talk about environmentally friendly lawns and how to get nine months of color with flowering trees and shrubs.

Sullivan Garden & Patio Show March 23 and 24, 2013

March 23, 2013
12:00 PMto12:45 PM
1:00 PMto1:45 PM
3:00 PMto3:45 PM
March 24, 2013
12:00 PMto12:45 PM
2:00 PMto2:45 PM

Second annual Sullivan Hardware Garden & Patio Show will be March 23 and 24, 2013 at 71st and Keystone. Learn about Big Grene Eggs, Fair Gardening, Edible Gardening, Shade Plants, Successful Container Gardening and more. The free seminars begin at 11 a.m. each day. the first 250 customers get a free pansy (perfect for planting in a pot now for spring color).

Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, March 23

11 a.m., Big Green Basics with Paul Schnieders and Dave Betz, kings in the outdoor cooking arena.

Noon, Fairy Gardening with Marilou Buddenbaum from Wildflowers and Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp.

1 p.m., Edible Gardening.

2 p.m., Lawns, Gardens and Useless Information with Dick Crum and Pat Sullivan.

3 p.m., Shade Plants with Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp.

Sunday, March 24

11 a.m., Breakfast on the Big Green Egg with Paul Schneiders and Dave Betz.

Noon, Successful Container Gardening with Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp.

1 p.m., Lawns, Gardens and Useless Information with Dick Crum and Pat Sullivan.

2 p.m., Shade Plants with Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp.

For more info: (317) 255-9230


Listen up! Low- no-chemical lawn and garden advice

March 16, 2013
7:30 AMto8:00 AM
10:30 AMto11:00 AM
March 17, 2013
6:00 AMto6:30 AM

The Hoosier Gardener joins Eric Halvorson on his occasional radio program this coming weekend in Indianapolis:

10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 16, WXNT-AM (1430)

6 a.m., Sunday, March 17, MY1079, (WNTR–FM 107.9)

7:30 a.m., Sunday, March 17, WZPL-FM (99.5)n


2013 Spring Garden Clinic

February 9, 2013

The Hoosier Gardener will review blue flowers in the hopes of squashing the notion among some that there are not blue flowers for the garden. Her talk, I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues, is part of the annual Spring Garden Clinic, held this year at St. Luke Methodist Church, 86th Street and Spring Mill Road in Indianapolis.


Indiana Author Fair Dec. 1, 2012 at Indiana History Center

December 1, 2012
12:00 PMto2:00 PM

I’m so pleased to be a part of the Indiana Author Fair, noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at the Indiana History Center. For the first time, I will be among 80 authors there to talk about their works, visit with shoppers and sign books.

The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens and the Indiana Gardener’s Guide will be the books I’m featuring.

Entry to the Author Fair is free when you buy an admission to the Indiana Experience. However, I have some FREE PASSES available if you message me privately at thehoosiergardener at gmail dot com.



At INPAWS conference: It’s All About the Plants

November 3, 2012
8:00 AMto5:00 PM

The Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society announces its 19th annual conference providing the know-how to help Hoosiers appreciate, grow and conserve Indiana’s rich heritage of native plants.

Set for Nov. 3, 2012 on the University of Indianapolis campus, the daylong conference will focus on two basics of botany: the identification of plants and their occurrence in nature.

“The better we can identify native plants, the better we can be advocates for them,” says Mike Homoya, state botanist/plant ecologist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, who had a hand in developing this year’s conference theme.

Among the featured speakers is Rob Naczi, one of the leading botanists in the world. Naczi is the Arthur J. Cronquist Curator of North American Botany at The New York Botanical Garden and is revising one of the most commonly used guides to our North American flora, Manual of Vascular Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada.

Also on the program are James Locklear, Director of Conservation at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska, who has just written the book Phlox: A Natural History and Gardener’s Guide; Paul Rothrock, an expert on sedges and chairman of the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Taylor University; Sally Weeks, author of Shrubs and Woody Vines of Indiana and the Midwest; Kay Yatskievych of the Missouri Botanical Garden, who is coauthoring the Indiana Vascular Plants Catalogue; and Mike Homoya, author of Wildflowers and Ferns of Indiana Forests and Orchids of Indiana.

The conference will include a book signing and sale, vendor and youth education displays, and information on the Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society. Also rumored to be possible is a visit by the renowned Charles Deam, Indiana’s first state forester.

What: It’s All About the Plants, 19th annual Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society conference.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012

Where: Schwitzer Student Center, University of Indianapolis

Admission/registration: open to the public. Non-members, $75 ($65 before Oct. 25, 2012); students, $35; INPAWS members, $60 ($50 before Oct. 25, 2012).

For more info: Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society,

Orchid class at Garfield Park

October 7, 2012
2:00 PMto3:00 PM

Paphyipedilum orchid. Photo courtesy Fritz Nerding

Learn more about growing orchids at home at Orchids 101. Beginners will learn the basics of watering, repotting and what orchids make the best houseplants. Registration is required.

What: Orchids 101

When: 2 to 3 p.m., Sunday. Oct. 7, 2012

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 2502 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis

Admission: $6. Registration is required and includes admission to Orchid Fest.

Info: (317) 327-7184