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 Meeting:  November 10

At the November 10 meeting, GPMGA Program Chair Debra Boyer will explore the history, botany, chemistry and agribusiness of hemp (a.k.a. Cannabis).

While the plant was likely not on people’s radar until the 1960s and 1970s, Cannabis has a long history in the U.S. and in Indiana. Recent changes in regulations have brought this plant back into the spotlight with an array of medicinal, recreational, culinary and other products. Debra’s program will sort out the often confusing information about Cannabis.

Although she has a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Indiana University, Debra took no botany courses and developed her love of plants after college. As a research assistant to an I.U.  professor, she learned to hand-pollinate and harvest corn for genetic studies. Debra has pursued gardening of vegetables, herbs, perennials and native plants. She was the personal gardener for a residential and commercial client for 11 years and managed her own community garden in Fountain Square.

A friend once told Debra she doesn’t have a “green thumb” but rather a “green hand”. Too much of a good thing resulted in the city citing her property more than once for high weeds. So now she does an annual “Perennial Divide” to edit her landscape and share plants with neighbors, many of whom are novice gardeners.

Debra completed her Master Gardener training in 1999, has been a member of GPMGA since 2004, and has served as Program Chair for 13 years. She looks forward to “officially” attaining Gold Level status.

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GPMGA Meetings and Locations

At present, the meetings occur  on the 2nd Wednesday of the month February through December and feature both a program and a business meeting. We meet at the Garfield Park Conservatory meeting area (accessible through the entrance by the Children’s Garden).  Exceptions include off-site field trips (typically in April and September) and our annual picnic (typically 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.