SWIMGA Activities/Speakers/FORMS/Purdue Master Gardener Events


Gardeners Gathering

Saturday, March 18, 1 am to 4 pm – Vigo County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall & Community Building.  Open to the public.  $1 admission or 1 canned good to be donated to local food banks.  Free admission for children under 12.  There will be Vendors, Expert speakers, and Gardening Information.  Planned subjects are:  Gourd decorating, Aquaponics, Pocket Pollinators, Dried flower arranging and Information on Beekeeping.

Invasive Species Newsletter

 SICIM (Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management) is an alliance of various agencies, including Purdue Extension, which is monitoring and trying to control invasive plant species in the southern third of our state.  They have just sent out their spring newsletter, which has information on two nasty invasive plants (Japanese chaff flower and garlic mustard).  I invite you to join the Garlic Mustard Challenge, where landowners with this stinky weed are encouraged to pull up this weed, photograph their results, and contact SICIM.  Contest ends June 30, or whenever your garlic mustard begins blooming.

Download the latest newsletter from here: http://www.sicim.info/news/   

From WNIN:

I have been to a couple of events (zoo and Girl Scouts) where the Master Gardeners have planted seeds or cuttings with the kids that they could take home.  I am writing to see if you would be interested in doing such a station at our WNIN Kids Club Easter Egg Hunt on April 8 at 10 a.m. at our HQ the Carpenter House at 405 Carpenter St. Evansville.

Let me know if you need any more info!

Thank you!

Amanda Scurry
Communications Associate
WNIN Tri-State Public Media
405 Carpenter St.
Evansville, IN 47708
812-423-2973 x333   ascurry@wnin.org

Gardening Workshop

Saturday, April 1, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm Central time
Red Bank Public Library, 120 S Red Bank Rd., Evansville, IN 47712
Sponsored by Keep Evansville Beautiful
Cost is free!
Tentative program:

    • Pollinators- attracting and protecting them- Rosemary McGarrah, Master Gardener
    • Vegetables- varieties best suited for our area; starting seed through planting- Jim Bratt, Master Gardener
    • Identifying and Managing Garden Pests – Larry Caplan, Purdue Extension

More information on registering, etc., will come out in the next Hort Alert; or call KEB at (812) 425-4461 or at keb@keepevansvillebeautiful.org .

Honey and Homemade Spring Program

Tuesday, April 18, 4:00 CST (5:00 EST)
Gibson County Fairgrounds, 4-H Hall
709 N Embree St, Princeton, Indiana

  • Nathan Kluger, Hedgegrove Farms Meadery & Winery, will be educating us on the production and taste of mead. Samples will be provided
  • Alena Kiefer, Canvas and Conversation, will be bringing paints and canvases for an educational and fun painting class
  • Cheese, crackers, and other snacks will be provided

Registration is only open to the first 50 registrations with fee received! (must be 21 years or older)

Send registration form (download here) and $40 fee to:

Meagan Brothers
Purdue Extension Gibson County
203 S Prince St, Suite B
Princeton, IN 47670
812-385-3491 ext 105

Seton Harvest is hosting the Girls Scouts of Southwest Indiana on Saturday, April 22, 2017 for Earth Day. There will be 300 girls ages kindergarten to 5th grade visit the farm in 2 sessions. The first session will be 9:00 am-11:00 am and the second will be 1:00-2:00. The Girl Scouts will provide lunch for all of the vendors from 11:00-12:00.

Their theme for the Spring event is leaving their footprint. They are wanting us to provide “hands on” and learning stations about how food is grown, composting, plant parts, recycling.

 If you are interested in participating, please contact Larry Caplan.

INPAWS Spring Wildflower Walk

Ouabache Trails Park
3500 N. Lower Fort Knox Road
Vincennes, IN, 47591
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Come enjoy the botanical richness and beauty of Ouabache (Wabash) Trails Park in Knox County, near Vincennes, Indiana. Experience native plants and wildflowers in a variety of habitats preserved in this 254-acre park. See native plants of woodland and wetland, along streams, and near the Wabash River floodplain. The event will be presented by Michael Broz, Terri Talarek King, Linda Wilcox, Linda Sutterer, Will Drews, and Denise Egel of the Southwest Chapter. Park brochures/maps and Ouabache Trails plant lists will be available at the walks.
All times listed are in Eastern Daylight.
11:00 a.m. -Morning Woodland Walk with Michael Broz –Upper trails. Meet at Hedstrom Shelterhouse near the park office to explore primarily woodland wildflowers.
12:30 p.m. -Lunch at the Hedstrom Shelterhouse (bring own food and drinks)
1:30 p.m. -Afternoon Wetland Walk with Terri Talarek King –Trail 7. Meet at Sacajawea Shelterhouse in lower park area to explore plants of wetland and creek areas. Waterproof shoes or boots are recommended.

For questions or more information about the Ouabache Trails Wildflower Walk, contact Terri Talarek King at leapingfrog55@yahoo.com or by leaving a voice message at 812-881-8987.

Ouabache Trails Park features rental cabins (with many amenities) and a campground that also accommodates RV’s. For more information on the park, check the Knox County Parks and Recreation Department web site at Blockedwww.knoxcountyparks.com , email info@knoxcountyparks.com , or call 812-882-4316.

INPAWS is the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society. They have a LOT of great information, which can be found here: http://www.inpaws.org/

WNS Straight from the Wild

 The Wesselman Woods Nature Society has invited SWIMGA to participate in a new event called “Straight from the Wild’ on Sunday, April 30, 2017, from noon – 5 p.m.    This event advocates foods, crafts, bird foods, and other things that you can make straight from things in the wild. Its purpose is to support a more sustainable and resourceful way of living in our community.  

 SWIMGA would like to participate in this event, but we are looking for someone (or a small group of Master Gardeners) to chair the event.   The possibilities are open as to what you’d like to do at the booth.  For instance, you may teach folks about how to make your own garden, or you can teach about how to grow herbs, or even teaching about fruits and vegetables you may find in the wild that are edible!

 If you are interested in chairing this one-time event, please contact Tony Buccilli for more information.

Judging at Knox County Fair

The Purdue Extension-Knox County is in need of a judge for our garden, melons, potatoes, tomatoes and bee keeping projects.  We would like to ask you if you would be our judge for these projects.  The judging will take place on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Knox County Fair Grounds at 8:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m.  We will compensate you mileage.  Please let me know as soon as you can if you can or cannot judge for us.  We look forward to hearing back from you.  Thank you.

 Kim King
Purdue Extension-Knox County
Office Manager
4259 N Purdue Rd
Vincennes, IN  47591
Phone:  (812) 882-3509
Email:  king286@purdue.edu


 At the Jan. 7 Holiday Recycle day, 362 vehicles brought 280 trees to be mulched and approximately 17 tons of recyclables.  Thanks again for everyone who volunteered!!!

We have two opportunities for MG volunteers:

Tire Recycling – Saturday, April 29, 8:30 am – 12:00 noon (we shortened the time) 3-5 people needed, Civic Center parking lot.

Tox Away Day – Saturday, September 16, 7:30 am – 1:00 pm (can be two shifts) 10-12 people needed Civic Center parking lot.  I will remind you about this later.

If you can help out with the Tire Recycling, please contact Susan Jeffries sjeffries@vanderburghgov.org

Speaking at Newburgh Library

The folks at the Ohio Township Public Library in Newburgh (the one on Bell Road) are trying to get a series of gardening talks for this spring.  Right now, they don’t have a schedule or even a day of the week planned, so if you are interested, you can pretty much choose whenever is most convenient for you.
Here is a list of topics they are most interested in:

      • heirloom seeds;
      • herbs – what to plant here;
      • when to plant;
      • what to plant;
      • diagnosing plant problems;
      • garden transplants from seeds;
      • composting;
      • successful landscaping;
      • gardening for wildlife;
      • gardening for bees;
      • gardening for butterflies;
      • mulch;
      • irises;
      • tulips;
      • separating & making more hostas;
      • insects in the garden – separating the good from the bad;
      • lilies;
      • lawn care

If you are interested in doing any of these, please contact:
Diane M. Sprick, Reference/Adult Services Librarian
Ohio Township Public Library System / Bell Road
Street Address: 4111 Lakeshore Drive, Newburgh, IN 47630
(812) 853-5468 extension 303

If you need reference material or handouts, contact Larry Caplan at the Extension office.

Another speaking opportunity

Perry County Extension (Tell City) is planning a hands-on container gardening/raised bed gardening/straw bale gardening workshop for March 28 at 6:00 PM Central time and is looking for a speaker. If you have a Master Gardener willing to teach at least part of the workshop, please put me in touch.

Thank you,

Sara Dzimianski
Purdue Extension—Perry County
Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources
65 Park Ave.
Tell City, IN 47586
706-338-9623 (cell)

NEIGHBORHOODS: Where Life Happens is the theme for the 2017 Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC), co-hosted by the City of Evansville’s Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) and United Neighborhoods of Evansville (UNOE).  The 2017 RNNC is a three‐day event that runs from October 5th – 7th, 2017.  The RNNC is a cooperative network of 20+ Midwestern cities and 5 States; Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

The RNNC is a place where community leaders, neighborhood volunteers, corporations, local government agencies, philanthropists, real estate developers and businesses gather to exchange information with one another in order to gain valuable ideas to take back and help improve or transform their own communities. The RNNC features a wide variety of workshops about state of the art approaches to neighborhood improvements, area redevelopments, crime, safety, and public & private investments.  In addition to these informative workshops, the RNNC is a great opportunity to network with your neighboring peers from other States and enjoy Evansville’s great food and entertainment!

They are requesting Master Gardeners who would like to hold a workshop to contact Larry Caplan for the brochure or download www.rnnc2017.com/workshops

Some of the topics that could be discussed include:

      • Setting up community gardens; teaching neighbors to feed themselves and each other.
      • Getting youth involved in gardening and hands-on environmental education.
      • Local Food Networks; how to best use local farmers’ markets (and how to start a farmer’s market).
      • Various food safety, nutrition programs, including diabetes workshops, heart-healthy workshops, etc.
      • Trees: Adding beauty and shade to your neighborhood; pests of trees; Is this tree a hazard?
      • Various gardening concepts: pest control with and without pesticides; soil preparation; gardens for native pollinators.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Partners Program and Indiana DNR are participating in a grant that the Pollinator Partnership received to create habitat for monarchs and other pollinators called Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest. This effort is focused on the Eastern Broadleaf Forest ecoregion across Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas. The two year plan will serve to implement a goal of 4,688 acres of monarch habitat across the 5 states. Initially, 12 volunteer seed collection teams per state will be organized and receive training in the spring of 2017 on how to correctly identify select forb species and properly collect the seed. We have a finalized plant collection list that includes native forbs that cover all of the bloom periods. The collected seed will then be processed, cleaned, tested and then made available across the 5 states to be planted in 2018.

Right now we are starting to get the word out and reach out to find interested volunteers to collect seed. If you or anyone you know would be interested in participating, please email Amber Barnes at ab@pollinator.org to be put on the volunteer list. Once we have an idea where volunteers are located, we will set up convenient training locations and provide further information. Feel free to distribute this information and the flyer below to anyone who you think may be interested!




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


2016 Code Explanations


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 2016: