Retirement Open House for Roy Ballard!!
Join Purdue Extension Hancock and the Hancock County Master Gardener Association Indiana in celebrating Roy Ballard as he retires after 28 years of dedicated service as the Extension Educator of the Purdue Extension-Hancock County!
John Orick Purdue Master Gardener State Coordinator on Ballard, “I would like to express my gratitude for serving as a Purdue Master Gardener County Coordinator in Hancock County. I have appreciated your willingness to share innovative ideas with other county coordinators…. I too, have appreciated the way you have shared thought-provoking questions about the program with me over the years. These have stretched my thinking by challenging me to think “outside the box”. Thank you! The strength of the leadership within the Hancock County Master Gardeners and the continued impact these valuable volunteers make in the local community are a testament to your leadership as their coordinator.”
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Left to right: Ballard leading a Master Gardener class; Ballard at Indiana Grown Day 2019; John Orick (Purdue Master Gardener State Coordinator)
Master Gardeners Award 4-H Scholarships
(L to R) Ryan Kihlstrum, Bob Degitz, and Zoe Starks
The Hancock County Master Gardeners awarded $250 scholarships at this year’s Hancock County 4-H Fair to Ryan Kihlstrum and Zoe Starks. Presenting the awards was Bob Degitz, HCMG Scholarship Chairman.
Zoe Starks won the Grand Champion Garden award for her Cherry Tomatoes. Zoe is a freshman at Greenfield Central High School and is the daughter of Mike and Angie Starks.
Ryan Kihlstrum won the Grand Champion Floriculture award for his display of The Origin of Flowers. Ryan is a sophomore at Eastern Hancock High School and is the son of Mark and Rachelle Kihlstrum.
2019 Indiana State Fair-Purdue Master Gardener Booth
During the Indiana State Fair, August 2nd – 18th, 2019, 9 AM – 7 PM, bring your gardening and plant questions and visit with area Master Gardeners at the Purdue Master Gardener Booth for information on plants, gardening and home horticulture. Our booth is located near the southwest end of the track in the Purdue Extension Ag/Hort Building.
2019 Native and Invasive Plants Master Gardener Green Thumb Program
Date and Time: Thursday, August 29, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Place: Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield, IN.
All are welcome to attend our next Green Thumb Project gardening education event on Thursday, August 29. Registration is free and begins at 6:30 PM. Bill “Buck” McKnight, The Mad Botanist, is speaking on Native and Invasive Plants in our Gardens. This project is a collaboration of the Hancock County Library, Soil and Water Conservation District, and Master Gardener Association and will take place at the main branch of the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield, IN.
The objective of this event is to educate residents of Hancock County about the benefits of including native plants in our gardens and to help residents identify aggressive plants called invasives. When the attendees leave our event they will have the resources to identify and nurture native plants as well as how to identify and control invasive plants. We will have booths with further gardening and conservation education. Door prizes will be awarded and refreshments served.
Helping Others Grow.
The Hancock County Master Gardener Association maintains demonstration gardens on the grounds of the Hancock County Purdue Extension Service at 802 North Apple Street in Greenfield.
The gardens have been designed as a self-guided learning experience for members of the association and the public as well. The gardens that are self-guided are the Pollinator garden, the Nature area, and the Foundation garden (starting at the front door of the Extension Office).
Plants in the gardens are marked with steel plant markers that bear the name of the plant as well as a number. In each garden is an information box containing plant information sheets that list the names of the plants in that garden and their characteristics.
Matching the number on the plant marker with the number on the plant list sheets will assist you in identifying a plant. Additional information such as botanical name, light requirements, bloom times, etc. is also listed for that plant on the sheets. If you enjoy plants and gardens stop by and view our gardens and learn about the plants that reside in them. Viewing can be done during daylight hours, seven days a week.
Wild Flower Walk
Take a hike through Greenfield’s Thornwood Preserve consisting of 40 acres of pristine native plants and trees. The property was donated by Herb and Judy Brown and was recently opened to the public. Below a group of Master Gardeners enjoy a spring wildflower walk to identify the many native species and remove invasive plants.
Thank you for Attending:
Hancock County Master Gardener 2019 Annual Plant Sale
Thank you for attending our annual plant sale during the first week of May! This was a joint sale between with the Hancock County Master Gardeners Association and Herb Society. Many of the plants were grown and donated by our very own Master Gardeners. All proceeds helps fund our Master Gardener programs in Hancock County including scholarships, school projects, assisted living programs, growing seminars, County Fair, and other community involved activities. We are already looking forward to next year’s sale!
2019 Hancock County 4H Fair
It was great to see many of you at the Hancock County 4H Fair in Greenfield, Indiana. We enjoyed chatting with you about all kinds of topics related to gardening. If you ever have gardening questions, please feel free to submit them to Ask a Master Gardener, where Hancock County Master Gardeners will provide researched responses.