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City Gardener Program

The Purdue Extension-Marion County City Gardener Program was developed in 2002 for new or inexperienced gardeners. It covers a variety of gardening topics and has a focus on gardening in urban areas. The current program offers a series of classes. You can attend one session or the whole series.  A Purdue Extension City Gardener Program certificate is awarded to those who attend all six sessions.

Topics included in the program are:

-How a Plant Grows

-Soil & Fertilizers

-Pests & Pest Management

-Tree & Shrub Selection & Care

-Weed Identification & Control

-Lawn Care

-Vegetable Gardening

-Animal Damage Management

-Annual & Perennial Flowers

Next Class

A program was completed in May 2013. The next series of classes will be in 2014.

2013 Registration Information

2013 City Gardener Program Schedule and Registration Form

Results of 2012 City Gardener Program

Location of Class: Discovery Hall, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN 46205

If you wish to be placed on a list to receive future class registration information via e-mail when it becomes available, please contact Debbie Schelske and ask to be placed on the City Gardener Program e-mail list.

If you would like to participate in the City Gardener program and have special needs, please contact Steve Mayer prior to the session (317-275-9290).

City Gardener Class Resources

2013 Class Presentation Slides (must have current password to open)

Session 1 (April 3, 2013): Plant Growth, Soil, Composting, Fertilizers

Session 2 (April 10, 2013): Vegetable Gardening

Session 3 (April 17, 2013): Pests, Pesticides, Insects, Diseases, Weeds & Animals

Session 4 (April 24, 2013): Selection & Maintenance of Flowers & Other Herbaceous Plants

Session 5 (May 16): Lawn Planting & Care

Session 6 (May 8, 2013): Tree & Shrub Selection, Planting & Care

 Websites for More Information

Session 1

Soil Sampling & Testing, Purdue

Managing Yard Wastes - Clippings & Compost, Purdue, ID-182

Composting to Reduce the Waste Stream, NRAES (large 19.7MB PDF)

Purdue MG Links, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 6

Session 2

Purdue Vegetable Gardening Tips, Purdue

Purdue Master Gardener Vegetable Encyclopedia, Purdue

Urban/Community Gardening (IndyUrbanGarden.org), Purdue 

Managing Insects in the Home Vegetable Garden, Purdue, E-21

Common Diseases in the Home Garden, University of Missouri Extension

Food Safety for School and Community Gardens (NC Extension)

Purdue MG Links, Chapters 7, 13

Session 3

Plant & Pest Problems, Purdue

Entomology Publications, Purdue

Plant Pathology Publications, Purdue

Master Gardener Guide to Common Lawn & Garden Weeds, Purdue

Weed Control Publications, Purdue

Preventing Wildlife Damage - Do You Need a Permit?, Purdue, FNR-404

Wildlife Conflicts Information Website, Purdue, IDNR, USDA

Conflicts with Wildlife Around the Home, Purdue, PPP-46

Pesticide Publications, Purdue

Purdue MG Links, Chapters 15 through 25

Session 4

Growing Annual Flowers, Purdue, HO-99

Annual Flowers, Purdue, HO-80

Growing Perennial Flowers, Purdue, HO-61

Recommended Perennial Flowers, Purdue, HO-79

Flowering Bulbs, Purdue, HO-86

Ornamental Grasses, Purdue HO-219

Plant Information, Purdue

Flower Garden Pests, Purdue, E-70

Disease Resistant Annuals and Perennials, Purdue, ID-414

Disease Control in the Landscape, Ohio State, B-614

Purdue MG Links, Chapter 9

Session 5

Purdue Lawn Publications, Purdue

Purdue MG Links, Chapter 11

Session 6

Plant Information, Purdue

Purdue MG Links, Chapter 10


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