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PRESS RELEASE:    September 16, 2016

CONTACT:                                     Rita Howell    812.582.0762

Rain Barrel and Split Rail Demonstrations, plus Seed Giveaway

Evansville — The Master Gardener Display Garden in Evansville is the place to be Saturday morning, October 8. Master gardener Kay and Mike Haller will show how to install and use rain barrels at 8:00 a.m., and Shawn Dickerson, Evansville City Arborist, will demonstrate the art of splitting rails and building split rail fences at 9:00 a.m. The 1.2 acre Display Garden is located south of Lloyd Expressway between Stockwell Road and Vann Avenue, next to the Eykamp Scout Center.

Throughout the morning, master gardeners will be working in the Display Garden and available to answer questions about growing flowers and vegetables. Of special note is the All-America Selections (AAS) Garden, one of only 200 AAS gardens in North America. AAS is a national organization formed in 1934 to test newly introduced flowers and vegetables and then promote the winners. After testing plants throughout the continent, only the best are selected as AAS winners; the Master Gardener Display Garden in Evansville features the past five years of AAS winners. In addition to sharing gardening tips, master gardeners will be giving away free AAS seeds to garden visitors that morning until the supply is depleted.

The demonstrations and AAS seed giveaway are sponsored by Southwestern Indiana Master Gardener Association. SWIMGA includes over 400 trained volunteers sharing their expertise in a wide range of community garden projects and public education. More than 20,000 hours are donated to the community each year.


Purdue University has provided this video for our use.  You might enjoy learning about our Master Gardener program.

Fall 2016 Master Gardener Class

Classes will be held at Ivy Tech Community College, at 3501 First Avenue in Evansville.  There will be two classes running concurrently: Thursday nights (6 pm to 9 pm) and Friday mornings (9 am to noon).  Classes will begin September 1 and 2, and run for 15 sessions until mid-December.  Cost of the class is $125 per person; there are a limited number of fee-reducing “scholarships” available.

Topics will include basic plant and soil science; plant nutrition; pest identification and control; home fruit production; vegetable gardening; tree and lawn care; landscaping with flowers; and much more!

To download a registration packet, please click on this link: .  You will be prompted to open or save the PDF document.  Please print out the packet, complete the forms that need to be completed, and send those completed forms, with your payment, to my office (address below).

Warrick County will be holding their Master Gardener training on Monday mornings, 9 am to noon, starting September 12.  Their registration information can be found here:

Larry Caplan, Extension Horticulture Educator
Purdue Extension Service, Vanderburgh County
13301 Darmstadt Rd.
Evansville, IN  47725
Ph:  812-435-5287 -or- 812-867-4935

Gibson County will also be holding a MG class this fall.  Contact Hans Schmitz at for information.




SWIMGA MEMBERS: The page “SWIMGA Master Gardener Events/Activities/Forms” has Code Explanations and necessary forms to document your volunteer hours.  Click here for more information.


Welcome 2015 Master Gardeners

2015 Graduating MGsPictured are some of the 2015 Purdue Master Gardeners graduating class.

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