* Volunteers Needed *

From: Turner, Diane A <turnerda@purdue.edu>
Date: Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 8:56 AM
Subject: Volunteers Needed for Elementary School fieldtrips and HCMGA supported display gardens – Plots to Plates
To: “MaryEllen St.Angelo” <maryellen.st.angelo@gmail.com>, Ray Fitzpatrick <rayfitzpatrick1@gmail.com>

 

Dear Fellow Master Gardeners

The Plots to Plates Community Garden is unique in its educational approach that permeates the whole property. Besides hosting field trips for Carmel Clay Schools students, our garden has demonstration gardens and areas designated for teaching the public about gardening best practices. In fact, we now have a self-guided tour of these educational areas with a map and informational signs, created by a local Eagle Scout. Included are a demonstration rain garden, a demonstration pollinator garden, a demonstration rain catchment system, and a demonstration raspberry bed.

Because Plots to Plates is an HCMGA liaison group, MGs can earn volunteer hours when they help us maintain our demonstration gardens listed above.

 

Volunteer Opportunities for Master Gardeners

The remaining work days this season during which we will work on the demonstration gardens are listed below. Please consider joining us for one of these evenings in our lush garden. We appreciate any time you can share with us!

Thursday, September 1:  7:00 – 8:30pm
Thursday, September 22: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Thursday, October 6:    6:00 – 7:30pm

We are located at 300 S. Guilford Rd., Carmel. Here is a link with a map that shows our location: http://www.ccsgreenteam.org/garden/about/where-is-the-garden/

 

Field Trip Opportunities #1 and #2

Who: Smoky Row Elementary 1st graders

What: They will visit the Plots to Plates Community Garden to learn about everything from weeding to planting to soil and compost to wise watering practices and more.

Where: Plots to Plates Community Garden, behind Carmel Middle School. 300 S. Guilford Rd., Carmel, IN 46032. http://www.ccsgreenteam.org/garden/about/where-is-the-garden/

When: Thursday, Sept 1 from 9:00 – 10:30am 
       and Friday, Sept 2 from 9:00 – 10:30am.

How: Students circulate from station to station doing hands-on activities with volunteers. We will supply you with the lesson plan for your assigned station. Students spend about 10 minutes at each station.

 

Field Trip Opportunity #3

Who: Cherry Tree Elementary 3rd graders

What: They will visit the Plots to Plates Community Garden to learn about everything from weeding to planting to soil and compost to wise watering practices and more.

Where: Plots to Plates Community Garden, behind Carmel Middle School. 300 S. Guilford Rd., Carmel, IN 46032. http://www.ccsgreenteam.org/garden/about/where-is-the-garden/

When: Tuesday, September 13 from 11:00am – 12:30pm

How: Students circulate from station to station doing hands-on activities with volunteers. We will supply you with the lesson plan for your assigned station. Students spend about 10 minutes at each station.

 

**We need 7 volunteers each day.**

 

These field trips are a fun way to share your knowledge and love of gardening with kids. Please consider joining us for our fall field trips, when the garden is full and lush.

We hope to see you in the garden sometime soon! Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

MaryEllen St.Angelo
HCMGA
maryellen.st.angelo@gmail.com
317-698-5889

 

Diane A. Turner
Extension Educator – Ag and Natural Resources
Purdue Extension – Hamilton County
 Hamilton County Office
2003 Pleasant Street
Noblesville, IN  46060

Office 317-776-0854
Fax 317-776-9892
turnerda@purdue.edu
extension.purdue.edu/Hamilton

2016 Master Gardeners Class

Tuesday, August 23 the first session of the 2016 Master Gardener class was conducted.

IMG_0507Diane Turner and Margie Inlow were the presenters for this session. Diane provided a basic overview of the Purdue Master Gardener Program and Margie presented information regarding HCMGA and what we do.

As the 31 participants talked about themselves, I could not help to be impressed. Lawyers, animal doctors, finance experts, stay at home moms, former IT managers as well as one participant who has a degree from Purdue in Landscape Design. Not only have many of them traveled extensively, but some have lived in the orient and middle east.

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Hope all of our members will have the opportunity of meeting and working with this delightful group.

 

Membership

 


2017 Membership Renewal Notice

In September you will find the forms for renewing your membership in your snail mail. Or postal mail if you prefer! THESE DOCUMENTS ARE VERY IMPORTANT.

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As a Purdue Master Gardener and a member of Hamilton County Master Gardener Association (HCMGA), the forms are required on an annual basis. Both forms must be returned with your dues payment. The Purdue form (front and back) is required to be completed, signed and returned with your dues. Your dues are not considered paid until the treasurer has your completed forms along with your payment.

Note Change: Payments made after the January members meeting, (January 17, 2017) will be considered past due and a $10 late fee will be added to your payment!

Members, especially snowbirds, are highly encouraged to immediately complete your forms, write your check, made out to HCMGA, and mail to:

                                            Treasurer, HCMGA                                                                                    2003 Pleasant Street                                                                                Noblesville, IN 46060   

It is not a change, but please note on the HCMGA  application your dues must be paid by December 31st for your name to be included in the 2017 Directory. Also not a change, is the requirement that any dues unpaid by March 1st will cause you to be dropped from the HCMGA mailing list.

Education Center

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The Purdue Extension – Hamilton County Education Center held their grand opening on June 1, 2016.  Since then Diane Turner and a small group of volunteers have been available to answer calls and walk-in questions from homeowners regarding common lawn and garden issues.  The center is staffed by Hamilton County Master Gardeners and is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. -12 p.m.and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. You can also email your horticulture questions to HamiltonGardenline@gmail.com

 

Summer in the garden

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wildflowers

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vegetable garden