Photo of Terri Pearce of the Miami County Master Gardener Association with Corey Roser, Purdue Extension Educator

Miami County, IN - Do you long to have a “green thumb”? Are you planning on having a garden this spring and summer? Then the Miami County Indiana Master Gardner Association along with the Purdue Extension Office has some upcoming events that may be of great interest to you.

The Miami County Master Gardner Association is planning three spring forums to promote and educate the community on gardens. Their motto is “Helping Others Grow” which is exactly what they plan to do in these forums.

The forums will be held on the second Saturday of the month. They will last about an hour and the topics include:

  • Saturday, February 10, 2018 – “Starting plants from seeds” led by Terri Pearce. The program will take place at the Peru Library, 102 E. Main Street beginning at 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 10, 2018 – “Is it soil or is it dirt” led by Alan Ash. This will also be at the library beginning at 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018 – “Make your own hypertufa planter led by Cheryl Garner and Linda Dyer. This hands-on class will teach you how to make hypertufa planters and you will make one to take home. This forum will take place at the 4-H Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall and will begin at 10:00 a.m.

These forums are free to the public and open to anyone who has an interest in gardening.

According to group member Terri Pearce, the group is also looking for new members who have an interest in learning more about gardening. The group conducts education programs as well as community beautification projects. The group currently maintains the rock sign for Peru near the intersection of Business 31 and US Route 31 as well as the small garden on Business 31 in front of McDonald's near West Main St.

To support their projects, the Miami County Master Gardener Association holds an annual plant sale. This year the sale will be held on May 12 beginning at 9:00 am and running until about noon or when they run out of plants to sell. Annuals, perennials, herbs, garden plants and flowers will be available for purchase.

“They sell for about half the price of what you would pay at a big box store,” said Terri Pearce. “It is our only fundraiser of the year.”

There will be divided perennial’s from well-established plants, newly started plants for your garden, flower or herb gardens. There will also be a Mother’s Day gift table and some vendors.

“We have people to help carry your purchases to your car,” according to Pearce. “You will want to come early for the best selection.”

Part of the proceeds of the plant sale is used to fund an annual $500.00 scholarship awarded to a Miami County student who is going into a horticulture program.

The association is working with Purdue Extension Educator Corey Roser to promote the group and agriculture education. They are planning on having a “Spark Club” in the spring with the Miami County 4-H where the Master Gardner’s will work with 4-H youth to “spark some interest” in gardening and flowers among the young people. The group can include 4-H youth from grade 3 to 12. More information will be released by the Purdue Extension Office later in the spring.

Roser is the Extension Educator for 4-H Youth Development as well as Agriculture and Natural Resources.

“This is a great opportunity for youth to continue learning about gardening or flowers,” according to Mr. Roser. “It is also a way for Master Gardner’s to educate the public. We hope to can get more people learning where their food comes from, how to grow food and how to plant flowers.”

You can learn more about the Miami County Master Gardener Association by visiting their Facebook page by clicking HERE

You can learn more about the Miami County Purdue Extension Officer by clicking HERE