SWIMGA Master Gardener Events/Activities/Speakers/FORMS


2015 SWIMGA Leadership Workshop
February 7th, 2015
9:15 AM – 12:45 PM; Ohio Township Public Library
4111 Lakeshore Drive, Newburgh, IN
just south of intersection of Lloyd Expressway/Hwy 66 and Bell Road)
Reservations & Information: slezlie@hotmail.com or (812) 437-9320

Master Gardener Need-to-know and How-to Information to be Presented:
Master Gardener Guidelines & Requirements – Larry Caplan
Sales Tax Exempt Purchases & Reimbursements  – Linda Stocks
Guidance and Tips by Guest Speakers on Topics of:
Engaging Volunteers ~ Planning & Assessment ~ New Plants for 2015


Orchid Escape:

Workdays – 10-2 PM Feb 3 & 4th
Orchid Escape Demonstration 2 PM, Mesker Park – Amazonia
February 7- March 14th – Visit the Orchid Escape, daytime, Amazonia at Mesker Park

For further information please contact Lisa Raess and Mary David – Amazonia Plant Docent co-chairs


Landscape Pruning Demo
February 28, 2015 – 9-Noon, Islamic Center, Warrick County


Hoosier Hillsides Spring Tonic
March 7th, 2015

This event has come to be one of the best gardening programs in Southern Indiana.  Click SpringTonic2015.PRflyer (1) for more information.

If you have any questions please contact hhmg13@gmail.com.


Hartman Arboretum

The Hartman Arboretum is hosting ‘Spring at the Arboretum’ and is cooperating with Evansville City Beautiful to provide interesting seasonal activities. The event will be held April 11th between 10 AM and 2 PM at the Arboretum. Make sure you get this event on your calendar.

For more information, contact Grant Hartman.


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


Tour de Fleur

June 20 & 21, 2015

Details will be coming soon.  Keep checking our website.


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.



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


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:

February 10, 2015 –    Lezlie Simmons, SWIMGA Project Chairman
& Tony Beumer, photographer
Display Gardens and SWIMGA Gardens and Projects,
                                            A Pictorial Presentation” followed by volunteer
                                            Sign-up stations

March 10, 2015 –        Michael Steiner, AWB “Midwest Wildlife in their Habitat”

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