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City Gardener Program

April 3, 2019
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City Gardener Program

Tuesday Evenings from April 2 through May 7, 2019

Specific Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & May 7

Indiana State Fairgrounds


What is the 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.

What topics are covered?

Topics included in the program are: how plants grow; soil, nutrients & composting; pests & pest management, including insects, diseases, weeds & animal pests; vegetable gardening basics & growing specific vegetables; growing flowers including annuals, perennials, flowering bulbs & ornamental grasses; grass selection, planting & care of your lawn; tree & shrub planting & maintenance as well as selecting trees and shrubs.

When is the next class?

The next program will take place on Tuesday evenings from April 2 through May 7, 2019, from 6:00-8:30 PM.

Session 1, April 2: How Plants Grow-The Foundation of Gardening, Healthy Plants Require a Healthy Soil, Composting, Nutrients and Fertilizers

Session 2, April 9: Vegetable Gardening Basics, Gardening Tools, Growing Specific Vegetables

Session 3, April 16: Pests and Pest Management, Insects and Diseases, Animal Pests and Weeds

Session 4, April 23: Growing Flowers, Annuals and Perennials, Flowering Bulbs and Ornamental Grasses

Session 5: April 30: Lawns-Selection, Planting & Maintenance and Lawn Alternatives

Session 6, May 7: Tree and Shrub Planting, Tree and Shrub Maintenance, Selecting Trees and Shrubs

Where is the class held?

The class is held in the Purdue Extension-Marion County Classroom in Discovery Hall (2nd floor) which is located in the NW corner of the Indiana State Fairgrounds (Purdue Extension-Marion County, 1202 E 38th Street, Discovery Hall, Suite 201, Indianapolis, IN 46205). There is no charge for parking. A map is located near the bottom of the page under Related Files.

What is the registration fee?

Registration fee for all 6 sessions: $60

Registration for one session: $15

Second person from the same household is no additional charge if materials are shared.


How do I register?

You can register NOW online. Go to:


Checks payable to Purdue University are accepted at individual sessions. Payment by credit card or check is accepted with Online registration. Cash is not accepted. Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel for any reason your registration is subject to a $12.20 cancellation fee. NO REFUNDS will be processed after March 21, 2019.

If you require an accommodation or special assistance for this program due to a disability, please contact us at (317) 275-9286 or Please contact us as soon as possible. Some requests might take 1-2 weeks to arrange.

If a class is not currently available and 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 (we also have a general gardening e-mail list if you want to know about other gardening programs).

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