Whether presenting an evening program about herbs or hosting and staffing the Garden Tour, members help educate the public about the many joys of gardening. Our programs include a variety of topics and lengths of service. Volunteers must complete a required number of volunteer hours to retain an active status, so put us to work! 

Master Gardener Projects

  • Camp Dig-A-Lot: Youth Gardening Day for kids ages 7-11.                                    
  • Camp Green Teen: Teen Gardening Day for ages 12-15.
  • Speakers Bureau: Would your group or organization like to learn more about composting or heirloom plants? Chances are, we have a speaker who can entertain and inform your group.
  • Garden Tour: Every summer, MCMGA members generously give of their time by preparing immaculate examples of their favorites in the front lawn (and side lawn, and shady areas, and more!) Funds raised go to the Scholarship Fund.  For info regarding the current year’s tour click here.
  • Scholarship Program: Each year, the MCMGA presents students with financial help as they pursue their plans for an education in some aspect of horticulture.
  • Indiana State Fair: Master Gardeners from around the state sponsor the Master Gardener booth at the State Fair in August.  Contact Ann Bull.
  • 4-H Building Gardens: The landscaping at this Alexandria site allows members to show off their talents while informing the many visitors to the Madison County 4-H fair.
  • Flower & Patio Show: Each March various Master Gardener Associations take turns staffing a booth to serve as a general gardening reference to passers-by. Contact Connie Paige.
  • Gruenewald Historic Home and Gardens:  The Gruenewald Heirloom Garden was created and is maintained by volunteers from The Madison County Master Gardener Organization.  All plants grown in the garden are varieties that were grown before 1900. Contact Loretta Heiniger for volunteer opportunities.
  • Mounds Butterfly Garden: Contact Loretta Heiniger for volunteer opportunities.
  • Saturday Gardening Series: This series is currently on hold. From March through October of each year, MCMGA members present a series of free programs to the general public.
  • Plant Sale : Another of our big events, this May sale puts our propagation skills to work as we raise funds for the Scholarship Program and other projects.   
  • Composting seminars: Do you know the best way to use lawn clippings and leaves for a healthy garden? This series provides both some tools and the know-how.
  • Web site: One of our most recent community outreach programs. Your comments are welcome!
  • Sowers of Seeds: S.O.S. clients will learn the gardening skills to beautify and maintain the grounds in front of their building.
  • Earth Day Arbor Fest: Each year MCMGA has a booth at this festival to promote the activities of our association. For volunteer opportunities contact Brad Willoughby.
  • 4-H/Farm Bureau Building Gardens: Contact Errol Grant
  • Middletown Library Gardens: Contact Dee Pring

Youth Gardening Projects

  • Pendleton South Elementary Greenhouse: Behind this bustling elementary school is an equally busy greenhouse where literally thousands of students have grown geraniums and mums for parents and friends. Contact Marilyn Crosley for volunteer opportunities.
  • Youth Gardening Day Camp: Purdue Extension’s Master Gardener Youth Gardening Day Camp is designed to get kids excited about gardening and to learn a little bit while they are having fun. Contact Cindy Hanson for volunteer opportunities.
  • Liberty Christian Youth Garden Club:  Contact Janet Poore for volunteer opportunities.
  • East Tenth Street Elementary: Belinda Arnold
  • Summitville Elementary: Michelle Rowland
  • Alexandria-Monroe Intermediate School: Jennifer Ward
  • Lapel Elementary