SWIMGA Master Gardener Events/Activities/Speakers/FORMS

You Don’t Know Beans About Beans

On Friday, April 10th at 7pm, G. William Monoghan of the Indiana Geological Survey, Indiana University, will present “Age and distribution of P. vulgaris in North America: Implications for group interactions and plant production system in eastern North America” at Angel Mounds State Historical Site.

The distribution and age of directly-dated domesticated beans (Phaseoulus vulgaris) across North America indicate that beans spread rapidly east from the Southwest through the Plains in the Great Lakes regions AD 1100-1200.  Beans then spread south and west from the Great Lakes into the lower Ohio Valley after AD 1300-1350.  Few beans are reported from the Southeast and none have been directly dated.  Beans were likely first linked with and diffused through Plains Village/Oneota and Iroquois groups and only later adopted by Mississippian agriculturalists or their descendants, which supports the contention that beans were very late additions in Eastern North America.

Angel Mounds Historic Site is located at 8215 Pollack Avenue, Evansville, IN.

MGs will receive Continuing Education credits for this class.


The Hartman Arboretum is planning a Spring Open House scheduled for Saturday, April 11 from 10AM to 2PM. They are hoping that the trees and shrubs are in bloom as they are a beautiful sight. The Witch-hazel actually bloomed just before the 6-8 inches of snow in February.

In addition to Arboretum tours by MGs, they will have examples of local invasive plants that they have found at the Arboretum.

A second event sponsored by Keep Evansville Beautiful will also take place at the Arboretum during the Open House. Shawn Dickerson, City Arborist, will demonstrate tree planting. You do not need to bring a shovel.

Direct any questions to Grant Hartman hartmangrant@sbcglobal.net


The Evansville Dream Center is located in the Jacobsville area of Evansville.  The Dream Center is a place where children can come to feed not only their bodies, but their mind and spirit.  They do this by participating in nutritional, educational, and recreational programs.

The Dream Center is creating a raised bed vegetable garden for a summer youth activity, where the kids will learn “seed to plate” where their food comes from.  Currently their plan is to plant the garden on the newly-acquired lot on North Main Street.  They will be having an informational meeting for the new Dream Center Garden on Monday, April 13th, at 6 pm at the Dream Center, located at 16 West Morgan Avenue.

Larry has requested a few MGs who might be interested in helping another communioty

Master Gardeners are need for work for Ag Days, April 14-16 at the Vanderburgh 4-H Center.  The program runs from 8:30-1:00 each day; we provide a free lunch.  Larry Caplan needs people to staff his “Math on the Farm” booth, and several to serve as Tour Guides.  Please contact Larry for the days you are able to help~


Attached is a workshop flyer announcing a training for Master Gardeners on Monday, April 20, 2015 from 9 a.m. to noon Central time (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern time) at the Purdue Extension – La Porte County office.  The training will feature Purdue specialists Gail Ruhl and Kyle Daniel, who will share resources to help participants identify native and alien woody ornamentals as well as common and introduced diseases of trees and shrubs.  You will also be able to download a flyer from our La Porte County Extension website below or the Purdue Master Gardener website “Upcoming Events” page.  Click here for Advanced MG Training 4-20-15.

For more information contact ematzat@purdue.edu


Girl Scouts of Evansville, ‘It’s Not Just a Boy Thing’

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 9am-12noon.  This will be held at the Eykamp Boy Scout Headquarters at the Evansville State Hospital grounds, next to our Display Garden.  They have asked SWIMGA to have a booth at the Display Garden, where the girls can do some hands-on activities.

Approximately six (6) MG volunteers are needed to supervise the booth and the girls.  Ideas from MGs are needed to come up with some ideas of what we can do with our booth.  Please contact Larry Caplan to volunteer for this event.

For more information – click here.


SWIMGA Plant Sale

May 1st-3rd, 2015, Vanderburgh Co. 4-H Center. Click here for more information.


Fayette County Master Gardener Spring Fling

May 9th, 2015 from 9am-2pm in Connersville, IN.  This is a great educational opportunity and they have several speakers lined up in the morning.  Be sure to check out the flyer 2015 Spring Fling Flyer! Contact Purdue Extension, Fayette County (765) 825-8502 for more information.


Purdue Master Gardener State Conference
June 4-6, 2015
USI, Evansville IN
(Click here for more information.)


Tour de Fleur

June 20 & 21, 2015

Click here for more information ~ you don’t want to miss this fun activity!


Note:  09/03/2014

At the SWIMGA Board meeting of September 2, 2014, the following change was approved for the bylaws under Section 5.2, Election of Officers:  the following sentence will be added:  Officers will take office on January 1st of the year following the September election, and will serve until Dec. 31st of that year, beginning with the officers elected in 2015.   

This will be voted on by SWIMGA members at the September 9 general meeting.  This notice fulfills the requirement that all bylaws changes must be sent to the membership 7 days before the meeting.


International Master Gardener Conference

September 22-25, 2015; Mid-America Center Council Bluffs, Iowa. Click here for more information.



Attached are the Code Explanations; Volunteer Hours and 2015 Membership Blank Forms. Please complete and send to the Vanderburgh County Extension Office or as otherwise instructed.

Volunteer Record Summary

MASTER My Record of volunteer work

2013 Code Explanations

2015 Membership Form

ReimbursementForm  (pdf)

Reimbursement Form  (doc)

Deposit Form   (pdf)

Deposit Form  (doc)


Our monthly meetings begin with Meet and Greet at 6:30 PM with the General Meeting beginning at 7 PM.  Scheduled speakers/agenda for remaining monthly Master Gardener meetings for 2015:

April 14, 2015 –           Brad Coole, Land Stewart, RHCC “Golf Course  Management
2015: Preserving Our Environment”

May 12, 2015 –            Joe Duncan, Henderson Detention Center
“Worm Propagation and Used Food Composting for
                                           Institutional Gardens”
June 9, 2015 –             Speaker to be announced.
                                          “Wild Orchids/Indiana Native Plants”
July 14, 2015 –            Peter Frederick, Immediate Past President, SWIMGA
                                           “Growing Grapes and the Art of Making Wine”
August 11, 2015 –       Chris Hartley, Entomologist & Science Education
Coordinator, Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, St. Louis, MO
                                           “Growing a Butterfly Garden”
September 8, 2015 –   Shawn Dickerson, Evansville Arborist
                                             “Backyard Orchards & Specialty Pruning such as Espalier
                                             And Pollarding”
October 13, 2015 –     Kay Yatskievych, Missouri Botanist (pending)
                                            “Midwest Wildflower Identification and New PDF System”
November 10, 2015-  Paul Bousman, Botanical Curator of Mesker Park Zoo &
Botanical Garden
                                            “Deer Resistant Plants”
December 8, 2015 –    HOLIDAY PARTY