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Orchid Fest through Oct. 7 at Garfield Park

September 29, 2012 10:00 AMtoOctober 7, 2012 5:00 PM

White Phalaenopsis Orchid. Photo courtesy Fritz Nerding

Hundreds of blooming orchids  are set against the backdrop of the tropical plantings in the Garfield Park Conservatory.

What: Orchid Fest at Garfield Park Conservatory

When: Sept. 29 through Oct. 7, 2012, regular hours

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 25o5 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis

Admission: $3/person; $8/family with two adults

Info: (317) 327-7184


Women in the Dirt movie at the IMA profiles female landscape architects

September 6, 2012
5:00 PMto7:30 PM

Celebrate the field of landscape architecture with this award-winning documentary film, Women in the Dirt (2011, director Carolann Stoney, 74 minutes), featuring the works of seven inspirational landscape architects. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition, recognition will be given to the many various landscape architects who have helped shape the IMA into one of the most significant landscaped art museums in the country.

The event also celebrates several important milestones: the 40th anniversaries of the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the IMA Horticultural Society, as well as the centennial of the Oldfields estate.

Prior to the film, local professionals and back yard gardeners will gather for a reception at 5 p.m.

Following the film will be an on-stage conversation involving several local prominent women landscape architects, who will share their reactions to the film and describe their view of the profession.

When: Sept. 6, 2012, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Reception is at 5 p.m., where you can chat with landscape architects, landscape designers, landscape architecture students and every day gardeners. There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The showing begins at 6 p.m.

Where: The reception will be in the Sutphin Fountain Room. The movie will be in The Toby at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 N. Michigan Road. Free parking is available.

Admission: Free, but registration is requested to ensure enough refreshments.

How: Presented by the IMA Horticultural Society and the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.


Doug Tallamy returns to Indiana with his native plant message

October 13, 2012
8:30 AMto3:00 PM

Photo courtesy Doug Tallamy

Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, returns to Indiana in October to discuss his favorite subject — native plants and their role in our ecology. He will be the keynote speaker for Adventures in Gardening in Hendricks County, Indiana.

What: Adventures in Gardening, a seminar for all gardeners, sponsored by the Hendricks County Master Gardeners.

Who: Speakers will be:

  • The keynote speaker is Doug Tallamy, author and professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware. Tallamy’s book, Bringing Nature Home, explains why native plants are important in the home landscape and recommends which ones to use and how to use them.
  • Ellen Jacquart, director of stewardship of the Indiana chapter of the Nature Conservancy, will identify the invasive species on properties and how to get rid of them.
  • Hendricks County Pollinator Project highlights the importance of pollinators and their role in food, flower and fruit production.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.

Where: Hendricks County Fairgrounds Auditorium, 1900 E Main (Old U.S. 36), Danville, Ind.

Hendricks County Master Gardeners Adventures in Gardening 2013: $35 if received through Sept. 22, 2012; $45 if received Sept. 23 through Oct. 5, 2012. Includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials.

Booksigning at Bookmamas at Ellenberger Park’s farmers market

June 10, 2012
12:00 PMto3:00 PM

The Hoosier Gardener will be signing books — The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens and The Indiana Gardener’s Guide — at the monthly farmers market, noon to 3 p.m., June 10, 2012 at Ellenberger Park. Look for me at Bookmamamas’ tent. Hope to see you there!

Carolyn Harstad to speak in Irvington about speak native plants

May 19, 2012
1:00 PMto3:00 PM

Ok, native plant lovers…Carolyn Harstad will be in Indianapolis to speak at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2012. Carolyn is the author of “Go Native: Gardening With Native Plants and Wildflowers in the Lower Midwest” and “Got Shade? A Take It Easy Approach for Today’s Gardener” Her talk at Irvington Community School, 6040 East Pleasant Run Parkway, South Drive, will be on gardening with native plants. Sponsored by the Irvington Garden Club and Bookmamas, admission is free. Carolyn, a co-founder of the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society, and her husband, Peter Harstad, former head of the Indiana Historical Society, moved to Minnesota several years ago.


Fabulous Foliage topic at Hussey-Mayfield Library in Zionsville

April 24, 2012
12:00 AMto8:00 PM

The Hoosier Gardener  takes you on a visual stroll through a collection of some of the best annuals, tropicals, bulbs, perennials, shrubs and trees that make a statement by their leaves. Please register for this program.

First time with a yard? The City Gardener Program is for you

April 11, 2012
6:15 PMto8:15 PM
April 18, 2012
6:15 PMto8:15 PM
April 25, 2012
6:15 PMto8:15 PM
May 2, 2012
6:15 PMto8:15 PM
May 16, 2012
6:15 PMto8:15 PM
May 21, 2012
6:15 PMto8:15 PM

If you’ve just moved into your first house with a yard and you are unsure of what to do with the lawn, trees and, oh, you might like to have a vegetable or flower garden, then the City Gardener Program is for you.

Sponsored by Purdue University Marion County Extension, Steve Mayer, Ginny Roberts and Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp will help you gain the confidence you need to be successful with your lawn and gardens.

The Purdue Extension-Marion County City Gardener Program was developed in 2002 for new or inexperienced gardeners. It covers a variety of gardening topics and has a focus on gardening in urban areas. The 2012 program offers a series of classes. You can attend one session or the whole series.  A Purdue Extension City Gardener Program certificate is awarded to those who attend all six sessions.

Each class will be 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., Wednesdays, at the Marion County Extension office, Discovery Hall, Suite 201, Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1201 E. 38th Street. The fee is $5 per session OR $20 for the six classes. You do not have to pay to park to attend these classes.

Here’s the schedule and topics:

  • April 11, How Plants Grow — The Foundation of Gardening
  • April 18, Vegetable Gardening Basics
  • April 25, Pests and Pest Management
  • May 2, Growing Flowers
  • May 16, Grass Selection
  • May 23, Tree and Shrub Planting

For more information or to register, contact Debbie Schelske,, (317) 275-9286.

Hoosier Gardener is keynote speaker at Indiana Garden School

March 24, 2012

Who: Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp will be the keynote speaker at the Indiana Garden School, Saturday, March 24, 2012, in Anderson, Ind. The keynote addresses 2012 The Year of the Herb by discussing them as ornamental as well as culinary plants. In two other sessions, she will speak about the best plants for the Indiana landscape, based on her the best-selling garden book, The Indiana Gardener’s Guide.

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

When: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2012.

Where: Madison Park Church of God, 6607 Providence Drive, Anderson. That’s  just south off of the I-69 and SR 109 Exit (26), then 1 mile west of Menards). This is an excellent facility with plenty of room for our breakout sessions and is very accessible.

Why: Other topics include Vegetables — Produce Your Own? and the ABCs of Small Fruit with Jim Barbour; Cooking from the Garden with Karen Lackey; The Latest on Pesticides and Plant for Pollination with Roy Ballard; Let’s Plant Some Heirloom Tomato Seeds with Brad Willoughby; Wildflowers with Kevin Tungesvick; Wildlife Rehabilitation with Kathy Hershey; and Monarch Butterflies with Ann Richardson.

Registration: $30 per person, $40 for a family, lunch included. Deadline is March 16, 2012. Visit the Madison County Master Gardener Association Website or contact Steve Doty,


Hoosier Gardener offers programs at Sullivan Hardware & Garden

March 24, 2012
4:00 PMto5:00 PM
March 25, 2012
1:00 PMto2:00 PM
3:00 PMto4:00 PM

Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp will teach classes March 24 and 25, 2012 at Sullivan Hardware & Garden at 71st and Keystone store. Here’s the schedule:

4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, Mix It Up — Tips for planting perennials and small shrubs along with annuals in pots for multiple seasons of color.

1 p.m. Sunday, March 25, Mix it Up — Tips for planting perennials and small shrubs along with annuals in pots for multiple seasons of color.

3 p.m. Sunday, March 25, No-Fail Plants for the Indiana Garden —  Annuals, perennials and shrubs that give turn your thumb green.

Attendance is free, but reservations are requested: (317) 255-9230.

IMA horticulture staff presents Art of Gardening

March 24, 2012

Who: Indianapolis Museum of Art Horticulturists.

What: Art of Gardening. Topics: Good Company — plant pairings; Guide to Garden and Landscape Renovation; With or Without a Drought; Home and Garden — cut flower garden; Drop Dead Gorgeous, An Optimist’s view of Perennials Post Bloom; Basic Pruning.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2012.

Where: DeBoest Lecture Hall at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 N. Michigan Road.

Why: Geared for both the beginners and the experienced gardeners, six, one-hour classes will cover a variety of topics.  Get the low-down on the plants and techniques that will be useful in your garden for 2012.

Admission: Half day, 9 a.m. to noon or noon to 4 p.m., $30 public, $25 IMA members. Full day, $50 public, $40 IMA members. Registration deadline is Friday, March 16, 2012.