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   Meet & Greet

 Native Flower

The Native Flower bed is hosting a ‘Meet ‘n Greet’ for all Purdue Master Gardeners interested in Native Flowers.

Who: Master Gardeners interested in Native Flowers

What: Native Bed Meet and Greet

When: April 2 at 6:30pm.

Where: Extension Conference Room. (Where the BoD meets)

Snacks starting at 6 P.M.

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Bring your Passport

HCMGA 30th Anniversary PASSPORT?


The Challenge is on!!

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This is your passport to many HCMGA Gardens & Activities.

We challenge you to attend a workday at every garden & activity in your passport. 

Learn about the history and plants at each garden. 

Write down what you have learned and get your page stamped. 

Complete your Passport by September 30, 2015 and return it to Margie Inlow.

(Check the HCMGA calendar for a listing of activities)



April 14, 2015  Monthly Meeting Program

HCMGA Meeting Speaker: Ann Galloway & members of Seeds of Knowledge Committee

4 seasons of color

“Planning for Four Seasons of Color”

Indiana is often portrayed as a state with endlessly cold and colorless winters. Indeed we generally have six full months from the first hard frost until planting time in mid-May. Nonetheless the Indiana gardener can employ strategies to maximize color, and even blooms, to ward off the winter blues.

Ann Galloway, HCMGA master gardener, together with other members of the Seeds of Knowledge Committee will bring us information on “Planning for Four Seasons of Color” at the April 14 general meeting.  Ann, a child psychologist originally from Nebraska, began gardening “at the knees of my grandparents”.  In addition to committee work with HCMGA, she volunteers for the Hamilton County Humane Society and gets much joy from the various dogs, chickens, and any other stray that wanders her way.



important notice

According to the “Purdue Master Gardener Policy Guide”, If you have not completed this before September 15, 2015, you will not be allowed to renew your hcmga membership for 2016.

Application and Volunteer Agreement

All potential Purdue Master Gardener volunteers will be required to read and agree to all policies explained in this Purdue Master Gardener Policy Guide.

As part of the Purdue Master Gardener Application and Volunteer Agreement process, all participants:


1. Submit an updated and signed copy of the Purdue Master Gardener Volunteer Application and Agreement to the Purdue Extension county office that coordinates the Purdue Master Gardener program of involvement. Purdue Master Gardeners and potential Purdue Master Gardener volunteers must be 18 years or older to sign the volunteer agreement — see Appendix B: Purdue Master Gardener Volunteer Application and Agreement, page 13.

Can be found at Gardner Info

     2. Provide evidence of a government-issued photo ID to the Master Gardener county coordinator or verify a current copy of photo ID on file.

Please see Cindy Kiggins in the Hamilton County Purdue Extension office for ID verification.

      3. Consent to screening on these registries:

  • Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website:
  • Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry:

You must complete 1-3 above before September 15, 2015 in order to be eligible to continue as a Purdue Master Gardener Volunteer

      4. Pay Basic Training fees charged by the county of participation.

Your HCMGA 2016 membership will not be accepted unless you have submitted all required information and had your photo ID verified.



Purdue University

Garden Publications

Spring is here, and with it come lawn and garden projects to maintain and to beautify your home and garden.  Purdue University provides several ‘HO’ or home owners series of documents designed to help you find the right answer to your questions.

For more information, click here.



Master Gardener State Conf.


The Master Gardeners of Southwestern Indiana invite you and your spouse/guest to “Dig. Sow. Grow.” at the 2015 Purdue Master Gardener State Conference.

Early registration deadline is April 1st standard registration deadline is May 1st.

Brochure & Registration form is available on our website in the members’ only section under education.

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University of Southern Indiana (USI), Evansville, IN June 4–6, 2015

…in beautiful Southwestern Indiana!

Hamilton County

Master Gardeners


17th Annual Plant Sale


One Day Only

Saturday 16-May-2015

Time: 8 A.M. to 3 P.M.

in 1 month, 14 days

Where: Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall



Featuring plants grown by Master Gardeners, FREE gardening information

Expert planting advice


Bearded Iris Sale

(dug to order at the Iris bed)


Native Tree Sale

(Annex building)


2015 Plant Sale Flyer – en EspañolHaga clic aquí

Bring your Wagon