Speaker and Topics
Most programs consist of lecture illustrated with PowerPoint presentation. Demonstration programs are available for some topics. Other topics available per request. Handouts provided for each program. Basic fee is $300 for in state and $500 for out of state, plus travel expenses, but may be willing to work within certain budgets.
To schedule, please contact:
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
P.O. Box 20310 Indianapolis, IN 46220-0310
Here are topics:
A Selection of the Best Plants for the Indiana Landscape (1 hour)
- Looks at the best selections from The Indiana Gardener’s Guide Revised Edition (Cool Springs Press, 2004), including bulbs, annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs.
Annuals: A Lot of Color for the Coin (1 hour)
- Annuals are in the fast lane of plants, performing for only one season. But their show makes them indispensable for consistent color throughout the season. Learn about some of the best, their attributes and care.
Composting Basics (1 hour)
- Learn how to turn yard waste into black gold for the garden.
Container Gardening (1 hour)
- Only imagination and drainage limit gardeners when it comes to containers. Program includes how-to-plant pots, great plant combinations and unusual containers that fuel the imagination.
Cut Flowers for Home and Garden (1 hour)
- You don’t have to have a lot of land to have a cutting garden. Learn how to grow plants in the ground or in containers that you can cut for indoor enjoyment.
Edible Landscape (1 hour)
- A savory, tasteful look at some of the ways to grow edible plants in the landscape for their food and beauty.
Fabulous Foliage (1 hour)
- Foliage plants give a new meaning to color and texture in the landscape or containers. Take 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.
Ground Covers: More than Ivy and Myrtle (1 hour)
- A ground cover is any plant that covers the grounds. These are diverse plants, from junipers to daylilies, and dozens of selections in between.
Lawn and Garden Basics for New Homeowners (2 hours)
- Overview of basic landscape care and maintenance, including fertilization, watering and what to do about insects or disease.
Low Maintenance Landscape (1 hour)
- Tips and techniques for reducing maintenance in the landscape, including design elements, soils, plants and other factors.
Meet the Perennials and Other Plants You Can Learn to Love (1 hour)
- Get acquainted with some great, but under used, perennials and small woodies for the landscape and learn about their attributes, uses and care.
Natives for the Hoosier Garden (1 hour)
- Native plants are programmed to grow in Indiana, so they spell success for most gardeners. Native plants also attract our native birds, bees and butterflies. Program includes a sampler of familiar plants and a few lesser-known ones and their care.
Natural Lawn Care (30 min.)
- Tips and techniques for basic lawn care without using synthetic chemicals.
New Plant Sampler (1 hour)
- Get a sneak peek at some of the best new annuals, perennials and shrubs for the Indiana garden, including introductions from the last few years. Program changes regularly to stay current with new plants as they come on the market.
Planes, Trains and Are There any Gardens Out There? Amazing Gardens to Visit When on the Road
- Some of the best public gardens to visit in the United State and Canada and tips to enjoy them. Based on Jo Ellen’s new book, The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens (2011, Cool Springs Press).
Snippets from the Garden (1 hour)
- Changes with the season. Flowers, seed heads or stems are snipped from the landscape for a show-and-tell discussion about the plants’ attributes and care.
Spring Bulbs and Companions (1 hour)
- An overview of popular and lesser-known spring bulbs and perennials that make good companion plants.
Sustainable Living at Home and Work
- Tips, ideas and ways to save money and live green.
Sustainable/Low-Maintenance Landscape Techniques (2 hours)
- Reviews practices homeowners can take to cut down on the work in their landscape and provides a sampler on easy-care, beautiful plants.
Thugs & Wimps: Put Them in Time Out (1 hour)
- Examines which plants want to take over your garden world and which ones have no long-lasting beauty with suggestions for respectable alternatives.
Tropical Splendor (1 hour)
- Nothing looks as exotic as tropical foliage and flowers in the landscape. Learn about some of the popular bulbs and plants that will take your yard to a different place.
Vegetable Gardening 101 and 102 (1 hour)
- 101 — Getting Started
- 102 — What to Grow
Where the Wild Things Are (1 hour)
- Make sure the wild things are in your landscape, where they pollinate plants, eat bugs and add beauty to the scene. Learn which plants provide food and shelter for butterflies, birds and other wildlife.
Woody Plants Worthy of Small Spaces (1 hour)
- Explore the trees and shrubs that earn the space they take in the urban and suburban landscape by multi-seasonal interest, long-bloom cycles or other attributes.