MORGAN COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS ASSOCIATION
Some members of the Association have developed presentations in their areas of expertise and are willing to share that knowledge with the general public. Below is a list of the specific presentations with a brief description of the objective and subject matter. If you are interested in scheduling a speaker for your club or organization, please contact the Morgan County Extension Office at 765-342-1010.
Please allow at least two weeks notice before the scheduled date. When contacting the extension office, have your date or dates available and one or two alternate topics in case the speaker for your first choice is not available. Speakers are provided free of charge, except for reimbursement for mileage and any materials given to your group. These fees can by waived under certain circumstances. Only reimbursement checks made out to the Morgan County Master Gardeners Association will be accepted. Any amount over expenses will be considered a donation to the Association.
TITLE: NATIVE WOODLANDWILDFLOWERS
The objective of this program is to teach participants how to identify about forty species of common native flowers that grow in wooded areas of central Indiana. Most woodland species are spring ephemerals and some are suitable for shady areas of your yard. There will be discussion about unique features and growing habits of some of the flowers. A couple of the most well-known woodland flowers are the trilliums and columbine.
TITLE: NATIVE PRAIRIE/MEADOW WILDFLOWERS
The objective of this program is to teach participants how to identify about thirty species of common native flowers that grow in prairie areas of central Indiana. Most of these flowers bloom midsummer to fall, prefer full sun and would generally do well in open areas of your yard. There will be discussion about unique features and growing habits of many of these flowers. A couple of the most well-known prairie flowers are the coneflowers and the milkweeds.
TITLE: NATIVE WETLAND WILDFLOWERS
The objective of this program is to teach participants how to identify about thirty species of common native flowers that grow in wet areas of central Indiana. Most wetland species bloom from spring to fall and spend either part or full time in wet ground. Many species would be suitable for rain gardens or wet areas in your yard. There will be discussion about unique features and growing habits of some of the flowers. A couple of the most well-known wetlands flowers are marsh marigold and the jewelweeds.
TITLE: MEDICINAL PLANTS AND HERBS
The objective of this program is to teach participants how to identify central Indiana plants that are or have been used for medicinal purposes. There will be discussion on what the healing qualities are of each plant. For liability reasons the details on how to use the plants will not be discussed.
TITLE: GARDENING WITH NUISANCE WILDLIFE FROM A HABITAT PERSPECTIVE
The goal of the presentation is to provide gardeners with the information necessary to anticipate nuisance wildlife damage before planting a garden and plan to manipulate the habitat along with other control measures to minimize damage to the garden. The emphasis will be on habitat manipulation and non-lethal control measures. Using lawns, raised firewood racks, and removing brush as a means to deny wildlife living areas will be discussed. Fences, reflectors and repellents will be discussed as a means to deny wildlife access to food. Some lethal measures will be discussed in areas where they are effective..