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Monday, August 17, 2015

Indiana Flower Growers Association Educational Conference 

Save the Date - You are invited to attend the 33rd Annual Indiana Flower Growers Association (IFGA) Educational Conference which will be held at the Purdue Beck Agricultural Center in West Lafayette, IN on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. The Indiana Flower Growers Association (IFGA) and Purdue Extension are jointly sponsoring this year’s Educational Sessions. Please find the attached conference brochure for more information.

Registration, Floriculture Person of the Year nomination and AD Forms will be sent out next week.

Please note that there is no golf tournament set for this year. However, members are welcome to set up a golf outing.  

2015 IFGA Conference – Purdue Beck Agricultural Center, 4540 U.S. 52/231 West, West Lafayette, IN 47906

9:00 to 10:00 AM           Registration

Worker Protection
10:00 to 10:30 AM         Everything You Wanted to Know About the Worker Protection Standard but Were Afraid to Ask
Joseph Becovitz, Pesticide Program Specialist Office of Indiana State Chemist

10:30 to 11:30 AM         Adjuvants and the Power of Spray Droplets
Fred Whitford, Fred Whitford, Purdue Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology

11:30 to 12:00 PM         Clean Up Your Water (1): Particles and Salts
Dr. Paul Fisher, Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida

12:00 to 12:30 PM         Break, lunch distribution, and awards

12:30 to 1:00 PM           Clean Up Your Water (2): Biofilm and Pathogens
Dr. Paul Fisher, Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida

1:00 to 1:30 PM             pH and EC measurements – How to and Comparison of Test Methods
Dr. Todd Cavins, Ball Horticulture Co.

1:30 to 2:00 PM             Fix It - Nutritional Problems and Correction Strategies
Dr. Todd Cavins, Ball Horticulture Co.

2:00 to 2:15 PM

2:15 to 2:45 PM             Non-Neonic Pest Control – A Growers Prospective
Zach Schlegel, Grower, L.F. Schlegel & Son Greenhouse, Inc.

2:45 to 3:45 PM             Neonicotinoids and Pollinators
Rick Fletcher, Technical Services Manager, Nufarm

3:45 to 4:00 PM

Growth Regulators
4:00 to 4:15 PM             Pre-Transplant PGR Liner Soaks and Post-Transplant Spray Applications Influence Height and Branching
Of Purple Fountain Grass
Dr. Roberto Lopez, Purdue Dept. of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture

4:15 to 4:30 PM             Growing Bedding Plants under Greenhouse LED Top Lighting
Joshua Craver, Purdue Dept. of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture

4:30 to 4:45 PM             Reducing Greenhouse Air Temperatures with the use of Root-zone Heating

Madeline Olberg, Purdue Dept. of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

   Purdue Rainscaping Education Program

For those staying overnight September 17, please note the updated, local phone number to make reservations:  Comfort Inn & Suites Columbus, 2485 Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus, IN. Reserve your room no later than August 17 by calling 812-376-3051. For the special rate, please mention “Rainscaping Education Program."

Rainscaping includes the use of sustainable land​scape design and management practices at both the household and community scales to prevent polluted runoff from reaching water bodies by directing stormwater to be absorbed by plants and soils.  The Purdue Rainscaping Education Program provides training and resources on practices that can be installed in a residential setting or small scale public spaces project.  ​

The program development focus for 2013-2016 includes community awareness and education for bioretention/ rain garden planning, installation, and maintenance using an advanced training model for Purdue Master Gardeners, conservation agencies and organizations, stormwater professionals, and landscape companies and consultants. Participants are encouraged to attend as a community team to support implementation of public education programs and provide technical assistance to homeowners upon completion of the training. The model consists of five, three-hour training modules in a workshop setting. The workshops include flipped classroom instruction, online learning opportunities, experiential training activities, field techniques, and field trips to community examples of rainscaping projects. Participants also receive hands-on experience through creation of a demonstration bioretention /rain garden project with community partners in a public space such as a county Extension office.

The Purdue Rainscaping Education Program is for Certified Purdue Master Gardeners, conservation agencies and organizations, stormwater professionals, and landscape companies and consultants.


August 13, 2015

Indiana State Fair Master Gardener's Booth from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the Purdue Extension Hort Building (near Gate 18).  Hope to see you there!

September 12, 2015

Plant Exchange at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds arena from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Bring your unwanted plants and exchange for a new plant or two.  Looking forward to seeing you.

September 14, 2015

Next Master Gardener's meeting at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds beginning at 6:30 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact Renee Wiatt at 364-6363.

Monday, August 3, 2015


John Scott Foster, Ph.D. – Saving the Monarch
Nicholas Staddon – The New American Garden & Landscape
Irvin Etienne – Natives Suitable for our Gardens
Amanda Smith – Treats for the Birds
Jim McCormac – Butterflies & Moths – The Darker Side
Registration Deadline July 31
Cost – $35.00
OPEN to the Public
Your registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, break refreshments and a seminar folder with speaker handouts.
Please detach Registration form below and mail with payment (checks payable to HCMGA) to : 
Deb Hager
2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville, IN 46060
Corporate Sponsor:  TomWood
  • Benedicts Nursery
  • Wild Birds Unlimited
  • Profiles of Distinction (stepping stones)
  • Janus Developing Services
  • Impressive Floral Designs by Barb McEvoy
  • HCMGA Plant Sale

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

4-H Fair, Crawfordsville, IN Plant Sale

Master Gardener's will be hosting a plant sale on Saturday, July 18th, from 12 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H fairgrounds in Crawfordsville, IN.  We will be featuring butterfly bushes in red and purple colors, as well as other native perennials.  Also a new Purdue Master Gardening class will be held in 2016 and we will have a sign-up sheet for those who are interested in becoming a Master Gardener.  We look forward to seeing you at the fair!!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March Master Gardener Meeting


The March meeting will be held at Crawfordsville Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 9, 2015.  If any questions, feel free to contact Renee Wiatt at the Purdue Extension Office (765) 364-6363.  Guest Speaker will be Monica Wilhoite.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Upcoming Seminar/Shows

Here are some of the upcoming events:

March 14, 2015
Wabash Valley Master Gardeners Spring Seminar 2015
Terre Haute, IN

March 20-21, 2015
Morgan County Master Gardeners Gardenfest
Hoosier Harvest Church

March 28, 2015
Monroe County Master Gardeners Garden Fair

April 11, 2015
Boone County 29th Annual Gardenfest
Boone County Fairgrounds

April 25, 2015
Hendricks County Fairgrounds

June 4-6, 2015
Indiana State Master Gardeners Conference
"Dig, Sow and Grow"
Evansville, IN

September 22-25, 2015
International Master Gardener Conference
Council Bluffs, Iowa