thank you

Above is the thank you card received from Bill Rice, Purdue Hamilton County Extension Agent, our educator, adviser and mentor for almost the last 20 years.  Bill will be retiring at the end of this month.  While Bill’s future plans are not entirely firm, I understand that it includes a lot of golf.


Prints of  ‘HCMGA Basket of Flowers 2014′

available for purchase


A limited supply of 8×10 and 11×14 prints of ‘HCMGA Basket of Flowers 2014’ is available for sale to members of Hamilton County Master Gardeners. HCMGA commissioned member Barb McEvoy, Pressed Flower Artist to design the pressed flower original picture given to departing president, Jeanette Wiles. The design is intended to be a lasting memory, representing the efforts of all of the organization’s members. The picture is designed entirely with flowers and plant material harvested and pressed from the HCMGA Display Gardens, even the basket made of dead iris leaves. From sale of the prints, Barb will donate 20% of the net proceeds to HCMGA.  

Members wishing to purchase prints may contact Barb McEvoy, at or the prints may be purchased from Barb, at the January 2015 membership meeting. Cost of the prints are $16.05 including sales tax for the 8×10 and $21.40 including tax, for the 11×14.

Third Phase Needs You


*** Help Wanted! ***

Third Phase Committee needs you.

Third Phase

What’s Third Phase?      

Third Phase is a woman’s shelter.  We promote awareness of producing food locally and share our knowledge of vegetable gardening with residents of the Third Phase woman’s shelter and community members who volunteer at Third Phase.

Interested in chairing the Third Phase Committee next year?  While our garden is all set up to be grown organically, a new chair could decide on whatever he or she wants to do, so long as HCMGA and the Third Phase Staff approve.  I would love to turn the committee over to another person. My co-chairs from this year will be doing other things, and I would also like that opportunity.

I might remain a co-chair if my co-chairs are willing to share in or evenly divide the entire running of the garden, the planning, the communication, the encouragement of Third Phase participation, and the administrative work. They would also need to be interested in keeping the garden organic and self-sustaining.

This is a BIG garden, but there are a lot of great people on our committee.  This committee is a great place to learn and grow and share what we know.

If you are interested in helping in any capacity, please contact me.  You can make a difference.

Jeannine Mattingly,  Third Phase Committee, HCMGA



2014 HCMGA Banquet Highlights


The 2014 Hamilton County Master Gardeners Banquet, held Tuesday, November 18, was a celebration from beginning to end!



AwardThe striking table decorations; the delicious food; the very interesting program “Ladies and Their Gardens,” presented by Linda Williams, past President of the  Indianapolis Hosta Society; the hard-won and efficiently-presented Master Gardener Awards… all in all, it was a good time!


We said Farewell! to our outgoing 2nd-year President, Jeanette, with an inspired gift of original artwork by one of our very own Master Gardeners.


We saluted our mentor, Bill Rice, on his upcoming retirement and thanked him for 18+ years of wisdom and friendship!

If these highlights leave you still wondering… How many interns became Master Gardeners? How many Master Gardeners achieved Gold-level? Silver? Bronze? Stay tuned and all this and more will be revealed… soon! In the meantime, check out more 2014 banquet pictures here.

Purdue Master Gardener Program Policy Guide

The updated Purdue Master Gardener Program Policy Guide can be found here.

The Volunteer Application and Agreement (a fillable PDF) can be found here. After completing, please mail to HCMGA , 2003 Pleasant Street, Noblesville, IN 46060-3697.


What's does it feel like to be a Purdue Master Gardener?

Well, it feels a little like this, as shown by the Coxhall Gardens video.

You can visit Coxhall Gardens at 2000 W. 116th Street, Carmel, IN 46032