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Indy’s City Gardener program provides answers for new, inexperienced gardeners

The Marion County Extension's City Gardener program covers plants' roots and other details to help you succeed in all of your gardening efforts. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

The Marion County Extension's City Gardener program covers plants' roots and other details to help you succeed in all of your gardening efforts. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

If you are a new or inexperienced gardener or a first-time homebuyer and have questions about what to do when in the landscape, the City Gardener program offered by the Marion County Extension Office, will provide the answers.

Topics in the 12-hour program include: how a plant grows; soil and fertilizers; pests and pest management; tree and shrub selection and care; weed identification and control; lawn care; vegeteable gardening; animal damage management; annuals and perennial flowers.

Participants receive a reference notebook, which contains outlines of the presentation and supporting publications. The two Saturday sessions, Aug. 28 and Sept. 11, 2010, will be at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.’s headquarters, 1029 Fletcher Ave., near Fountain Square. There’s plenty of free parking.

The fee is $20. A  $10 scholarships may be available to those with financial need, said Steve Mayer, an extension educator who teaches the program.

Here’s the registration form.