March 2012

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.

Daylight Saving Time steals mornings



Here it is again, 2 a.m. and the arrival of Daylight Saving Time. This robber of morning daylight takes away spring mornings, or certainly delays daybreak until 8 a.m. Now, we have to wait several more weeks for morning spring to return. I hate Daylight Saving Time.

And, it may not even be good for us. Time’s Healthland offers an analysis that reveals higher suicide rates and other serious issues tied to Daylight Saving Time. If we have to have DST, could we get Indiana moved to the Central Time Zone? Then it would be daylight before 8 a.m. Morning light. What a concept.

IMA Horticultural Society presents Top Performing Perennials for the Midwest

March 11, 2012
2:00 PMto4:00 PM

Pam Bennett.

Who: Pamela Bennett, associate professor and Ohio Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator for Ohio State University Extension.

What: Top Performing Perennials for the Midwest

When: 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2012

Where: International School of Indiana, Taurel Building, 4330 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis

Admission: $5 at the door, if not a member of the IMA Horticultural Society. Free to members.

Reception with tea and cookies  immediately following Bennett’s talk.