Welcome to the Garfield Park Master Gardener Association (GPMGA) site.

The goals of the GPMGA are to share knowledge about gardening with our members and others and offer volunteer opportunities.

Next GPMGA Virtual Meeting: June 10

Steve Mayer will guide GPMGA members through the world of opposite-leaved plants during the GPMGA’s next virtual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10.  Please see below for instructions on attending this meeting virtually.

To identify trees and shrubs, one should be able to distinguish between a simple and compound leaf as well as recognize the type of leaf arrangement of the plant (alternate, opposite or whorled).

This presentation will focus only on the identification of trees and shrubs with oppositely arranged leaves. Just as knowing a plant is a maple (Acer) can help you narrow down the list of potential problems of a maple, knowing a plant has opposite leaves can help you narrow down the plant list for proper identification.

We know Steve as the coordinator and instructor for the Master Gardener program in Marion County but officially he is the Purdue Extension – Marion County Educator who directs the Consumer Horticulture program. He has worked as a horticulture educator with the Cooperative Extension Service for over 30 years and has been with Purdue Extension in Marion County since 1997.

Steve majored in Horticulture and has a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a regular contributor to publications such as the Marion County Master Gardener Association’s newsletter. You can follow Steve on Twitter @purduehortindy and learn more about the Purdue Extension-Marion County Demonstration Garden on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PurdueIndyDemoGarden).

Zoom Guidelines for GPMGA Meeting

The link below will allow you to join the GPMGA’s virtual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10.  Steve Mayer will be the presenter.

It is very easy to join virtually either via your home computer, Apple device or non-Apple device.  Just copy the link below into your search engine or click on the link provided in the Purdue University— Extension Office’s meeting notification.  Either way, Zoom will start up and, if you have never done a Zoom meeting previously, it will install a small amount of software on your device so that, next time, it is much easier to join.  Then, when prompted to “Open Zoom”, do so and enter the password.   You then will join our meeting.

Link Needed to Join the Zoom Meeting by Computer

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86318470191?pwd=N1N5cnIxTEVzNkVpRi9uU3JOLzg0QT09

Meeting ID: 863 1847 0191
Password: 120614

You also may join by telephone.  You may dial +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) or you may find your local number at https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kuwkVaouP.

You also may join by one tap mobile.  Enter +19292056099,,84607290541#,,1#,009687# US (New York)

Practice Session Available      

To see how to join a Zoom meeting (if you have never done so before), the following link takes you to a quick video explaining how to join a Zoom meeting:  https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting.  Please enter this link in your search engine to watch.

During the Zoom Meeting

Zoom allows for video display and audio, thus the meeting has been setup for both.  If you do not have video on your computer, tablet or phone OR do not want to be shown on video, that is OK.  You may be as comfortable as you like when joining our meeting.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a short business meeting.  This approach will allow people to join if running late. You will be able to talk to people and can even “text chat” to the whole group or to a single person.

When Steve begins his presentation, all members will be muted to allow Steve to present and talk. The chat at this time will be limited to chat with the host only. If you have a question during the presentation, you will be able to ask our host, Kay Martin-Pence, and she will let Steve know there is a question. This way, Steve can address any questions as they come up. There also will be a Q&A session with Steve at the end of the presentation.

After the presentation, the meeting will be opened up again to complete the remainder of the business meeting and to chat with each other.

If you have never used Zoom before, this is a chance to try something new and to  see how the world is getting along with everyone staying home—yet still being able to work together and talk to each other.  We hope that you will join us!

If you have questions about the Zoom meeting, please contact Kay Martin-Pence at guitargirl929@gmail.com.

GPMGA Meetings and Locations


Meetings occur the 2nd Wednesday of the month February through December and feature a program followed by snacks and a business meeting. With a few exceptions, we meet at the Garfield Park Conservatory meeting area with entrance by the Children’s Garden. Exceptions include off-site field trips, typically in April and September.  Also, our annual picnic is held in July at the shelter near the Arts Center in Garfield Park.

If you require an accommodation or special assistance to attend these meetings due to a disability, please contact us at 317-275-9286. Some accommodations may require a 2-week notice.