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:  February 10

What can a gardener do during the cold, gray days of winter besides browse seed catalogs? It’s the perfect time to take a closer look at twigs and sharpen your identification skills.

For the February 10 GPMGA meeting, we will feature the  Zoom webinar Identifying Deciduous Woody Plants in Winter by Rosie Lerner, who recently retired from Purdue after 37 years of service.

In the webinar, Rosie will give an in-depth look at the parts and kinds of buds—especially the difference between floral and vegetative bud—with numerous examples. Also examined are leaf scars and lenticels. A handout of the presentation and the Winter Tree ID Key can be downloaded ahead of the meeting at the following link:


A native of Illinois, Rosie has an AAS in flower shop and greenhouse management from North Dakota State University; a BS in horticulture, production and business management from Iowa State University; and an MS in horticulture from Ohio State University. But we Master Gardeners know her best from her role as state coordinator of the Purdue Extension Master Gardener program as well as her numerous articles and publications. For more about Rosie’s contributions during her time at Purdue, visit the following link:


Since the presentation will last about a half hour, plenty of time will exist both during and after the program to ask questions and share experiences about twig identification. Time permitting, discussion about winter gardening activities also will occur.

Zoom Guidelines for GPMGA Meeting

Rosie Lerner, Retired Purdue Consumer Horticultural Extension Specialist, will present virtually Winter Twig Identification at the GPMGA’s next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10.

Just copy the link below into your search engine or click on the link provided in the Purdue University— Extension Office’s meeting notification.  After you “Open Zoom”, you will need to enter the password when prompted.

To Join the Zoom Meeting by Computer


Meeting ID: 439 372 2451
Passcode: GPMG2020!

To join by telephone.  Dial +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) or find your local number at https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kQhv8XRup.

Meeting ID: 439 372 2451; Passcode: 808503

To join by one tap mobile.  Enter:+19292056099,,4393722451#,,,,*808503# US (New York)+13017158592,,4393722451#,,,,*808503# US (Washington DC)

 Problems with Zoom

If you have questions about the Zoom meeting, experience problems with logging on to Zoom or wish to ask a question of the presenter during the meeting, please contact Kay Martin-Pence at guitargirl929@gmail.com.

GPMGA Meetings and Locations

At present, the meetings occur virtually on the 2nd Wednesday of the month February through December and feature both a program and a business meeting. When meetings occur in person, 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).  Both field trips and the annual picnic currently are postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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.