SWIMGA Master Gardener Events/Activities/Speakers/FORMS

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


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~


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


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