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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.


2014 Greens Workshop

Registration has closed for the 2014 Holiday Greens Workshop, as we have reached the maximum number of participants.


Saturday, December 6th


Emerald Ash Borer

May Have Spread to Different Tree



The emerald ash borer, which is destroying ash trees in a large swath of the nation, has apparently spread to a different tree, according to a researcher at Wright State University. Professor Don Cipollini has found that the invasive green beetle has apparently begun to attack white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus).

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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