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Upcoming Events for Indiana

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Through Nov 12, Fort Wayne
Botanical Conservatory

Immerse yourself in a landscape painted with colorful flowers. From summer through fall the Botanical Conservatory celebrates their German twin, the City of Gera, with a special garden of European flavor. Discover more about Gera, this German sister city since 1992. For hours and admission rates visit or call 260-427-6640.




September 6, Fort Wayne
Farmers’ Market
Salomon Farm Park

The final Farmers’ Market of the season at the Old Barn offers locally grown and homemade products. The market features locally raised organic produce and locally made baked goods, maple syrup, honey, soaps, and lotions. Food trucks will be available with fresh food after you have done your shopping. As always, the Salomon Farm animals are always ready for some attention. From 4 to 7 p.m. Visit, or call Renee at 260-427-6005.


September 6, Nashville
The Art of Gardening Seminar
Creekside Retreat

The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc., Southeast District, invites you to its September Seminar. This day of learning and fun will begin with registration at 8:35 a.m. Pre-registration is required. The seminar includes four speakers, breakfast treats, a catered lunch, beverages, floral design exhibits, a brief gallery talk by an Accredited Judge, raffles, and other activities. Lunch will be provided by Papa’s Deli from Columbus, Ind. The day will conclude around 3:45 p.m. Hotel room reservations may be made directly with Creekside Retreat at 844-473-8732. Visit, email Sharon at, or call 812-343-2230.


September 6, Plainfield
Perennial Plant Exchange
Guilford Library

Free plants, gardening advice, and the opportunity to try something new – what more could you ask for? Bring four to six plants from your garden to trade for new plants. Your plants need to be divided anyway, right? Please label each plant with information: the plant’s common name (botanical name if available), and sun or shade. Garden Guru Colletta Kosiba will give advice on planting, watering, and growth habits of the plants. At 6:30 p.m. Visit, email, or call 317-852-5973.


Sept. 9, 23, Oct. 14, 28, Indianapolis
Master Gardener Guided Tours
Garfield Park Conservatory

Join Master Gardeners as they guide you through the conservatory with a tour focusing on interesting plants and history. At 2:30 p.m. Tours are free with paid admission. Visit, or call 317-327-7184.


September 16, Gary
Miller Garden Club Meeting
Marquette Park Aquatorium

The Miller Garden Club will host their monthly meeting, presenting Laura Ekasetya, director and head horticulturist of the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Chicago. Laura joined Lurie Garden in February 2011 as a horticulturist working to maintain the integrity of Piet Oudolf’s perennial plant design. She will focus on bulb gardening. Open to the public, refreshments provided. At 10 a.m. Contact Joanne at, call 219-939-2790, or visit


September 16, Merrillville
Autumn: Nature’s Mosaic
Avalon Manor Banquet Center

The Lake County Indiana Master Gardeners are hosting a fall symposium titled “Autumn: Nature’s Mosaic.” Keynote speaker is Beth Botts, a writer for the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill. and the Chicago Tribune. Beth has published articles in Organic Gardening and Chicagoland Gardening magazines. Speakers include Fred Whitford, clinical engagement professor at Purdue pesticide programs, Jo Ellen Myers Sharp, who writes the website “Hoosier Gardener” and is an Indiana Gardening columnist, and Jim Nau from Ball Horticultural Co., West Chicago, Ill. From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration costs $40 per person (discount for a table of eight). Registration fee includes lunch, door prizes, and vendors. For information and registration go to, email, or call 219-755-3240.


September 23, Muncie
Canning Workshop: Chili

Discover how simple creating a batch of delicious chili can be at Minnetrista. With the help of their skilled educators, you will enjoy your own chili all fall long. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $20; member discounts apply. Registration is required. Visit, or call 765-282-4848 or 800-428-5887.


September 23, Valparaiso
Raised Bed Gardening Class
Taltree Arboretum

Participants will learn why a raised bed is a wonderful way to garden. Leave with plans for construction, material lists, and the associated costs of starting your own garden. Located in Taltree’s classroom. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Visit, e-mail, or call 219-462-0025.




October 2, Indianapolis
Fall Education Night
Clay Township Center

Fall education night is hosted by the Herb Society of Central Indiana. It is time to “throw open the doors and invite everyone in to learn about herb-y things.” The workshop features hands-on, make-it-and-take-it home activities. The public is welcome, and the meeting is free. From 6:45 to 9 p.m. Visit, or call Connie at 317-251-6986.


October 2, Indianapolis
Hosta Society Program
Holliday Park Nature Center

At this program, hosted by the Indianapolis Hosta Society, Judd Scott, consulting arborist and president of Vine and Branch, Inc. discusses, “The Symbiotic Relationship of Trees, Hostas, and Their Owners.” Hostas, trees, and people create an endless circle. Without one it is hard to have the other. This talk will focus on urban issues involving all three; looking at roots, shade, species selection, pests, and cool historical trees. Free and open to the public. Contact Pat at 317-251-6465, email, or visit


October 4, Indianapolis
Tropical Bonsai Workshop
Garfield Park Conservatory

Hosted by the Indy Bonsai Society, there will be a workshop and discussion on working with tropical bonsai. Bring your own tree, or trees will be available for purchase. The public is welcome. The Bonsai Club meets monthly on the first Wednesday. At 7 p.m. Contact Steve at, call 317-439-3048, or visit


October 7, Indianapolis
Herbal Crafts for Kids
Garfield Park Conservatory

Bring the kids and join the Herb Society of Central Indiana to learn about herbs and how to grow them. You will receive handouts and recipes. Refreshments provided. Make reservations in advance, seating is limited. Costs $5 each. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Payment is taken on the day of the program. Call 317-327-7184, or visit


October 10, Zionsville
Halloween Party and Chili Cookoff
Sullivan Munce

The Indianapolis Rose Society is hosting a dress as a rose contest; you may catch a glimpse of ‘Dolly Parton’ or the ‘The Fairy’, you never know. Prizes for winners. Chili and the fixins’ will be available. The program will be “2018 New Rose Releases” by Teresa Byington. Teresa is a Master Gardener, consulting rosarian, and vice-president of the Indianapolis Rose Society. The meeting is free and open to the public. Visit Teresa’s popular blog at,, or call 317-902-6016.


October 10-29, Fort Wayne
Punkin’ Path Display
Botanical Conservatory

Visit the conservatory’s outdoor Punkin’ Path where you can enjoy the fall surroundings and take pictures with your little ones. The path will be decorated with pumpkins, gourds, bales of straw, and gnomes to provide fun photo memories. Gnomes are caretakers of land and animals; they are industrious, enjoy all kinds of games, and, surprisingly, they love to travel. Watch for them along the Punkin’ Path. This exhibit is included in conservatory admission, and is open during public hours. Visit, or call 260-427-6440.


October 21, Fort Wayne
The Pumpkin’ Zone
Botanical Conservatory

Enjoy an autumn celebration – children and adults can explore the garden for fall crafts, activities, and games. You can test your observation skills with the “Gnome Search,” discover whether pumpkins float or sink, nibble on pumpkin seeds, and decorate your own mini pumpkin. Friends from the Allen County Farm Bureau will teach visitors about pumpkins and how they grow. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 3 to 17; and free for children 2 and under. Visit, or call 260-427-6440.


October 21, Gary
Miller Garden Club Meeting
Marquette Park Aquatorium

The Miller Garden Club will hold their monthly meeting at 10 a.m., followed by the annual fall “Brats and Bulbs” sale. There will be more than 30 varieties of spring bulbs ready for planting. The event will include live music and the traditional fall grilled bratwurst sandwich, sauerkraut, chips, and a beverage. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Costs $5. Contact Joanne at, call 219-939-2790, or visit


October 28, Bloomington
Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society Conference
Monroe Convention Center

The Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS) will host its 24rd annual conference, “Aldo and Friends: Phenology, Biology, and Saving the World.” The conference is open to the public — anyone with an interest in native plants, conservation, botany, landscaping, and wildlife habitat is welcome. Keynote speakers are Dr. Stanley Temple, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin and a senior fellow of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and Douglas Ladd, conservation biologist for The Nature Conservancy of Missouri. Takes place Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Monroe Convention Center, 302 South College Avenue, Bloomington. Costs INPAWS members $75; non-members $90; students $40. Discounts apply if registering by Oct. 6. Visit or call 317-413-5918.


State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.