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Attend a meeting to win big!

Good Earth Master Gardener meetings are held the second Thursday of every month and if you attend, you will have a chance to be one of our monthly winners!

Meetings are open to the public!

Join us for a FREE training presentation and stay for a short meeting, and you will be eligible for our monthly end-of-meeting drawing for great, new gardening related items.

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Our first winner, Suzanne Bundy!

 

* For upcoming dates and presenters, see our “Members” page.

 

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Waterfront Botanical Gardens Coming to Louisville

Botanica PresentationOur April presentation revealed the master plan for the upcoming $50M Botanica, the new 23-acre botanical gardens coming to Louisville and the Ohio River waterfront area near the Big Four Bridge, a pedestrian walking and cycling bridge joining Louisville with Jeffersonville, Indiana.  Kasey Maier, Director of Program Development, along with Bob Hill, owner of Hidden Hill Nursery in Utica, Indiana, brought to life the many ideas and passions surrounding this multi-year project.

The acreage for the new gardens is located within reach of the 100-mile Louisville Loop already in progress around Louisville Metro, and is situated between Interstate-71 and River Road.  With a concern for the environment, Botanica’s buildings will be LEEDs Certified Platinum with additions such as a living roof on the Visitor’s Center and gray water rescue systems with a natural water filtration garden.

Included in the plans are a Children’s Garden, Conservatory, Education Pavillion, a Great Lawn with open meeting space, an Edible Garden, Orchard, Palisades Garden, Japanese Garden, and a magnificent overlook to Beargrass Creek which also runs through the property.

Botanica Master Plan

For more information about Botanica, visit their website at www.waterfrontgardens.org.  Supporting memberships are available and newsletters are mailed out bi-weekly.

Find the Louisville Loop at http://louisvilleky.gov/government/louisville-loop

 


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FFA Students Present to Master Gardeners

Griffin Packwood, Clara Guthrie

At our last meeting, local West Washington High School FFA students, Griffin Packwood and Clara Guthrie, presented on Hydroponics and how to make and use a “Topsy-Turvy” tomato planter.

With projects created for State-level competition, the students provided a lecture with Power Point presentation, diagrams, and in-class samples of their work.  The students demonstrated how each system was, and can be, created using simple and readily available items from any local hardware store.

Most informative was an in-depth description of how hydroponics works and the advantage hydroponic systems have towards sustainability.  Packwood described the systems as a “faster way to grow food … 30-50% faster,” and “better for the environment.”  He also explained that a main advantage to using the Topsy-Turvy system is the lowering of disease and insect infestation due to the plants being off of the ground surface.

Griffin Packwood, FFA Presentation


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Speaker Change for March Meeting

Please note that there has been a change in the speakers for this week’s meeting. 

Welcome to our new presenters!

Our next meeting will be Thursday, February 12th, 6:30 p.m. at the Washington County Extension office large conference room.  Our featured speakers will be Griffin Packwood and Lauren Blanton, both are freshman students at West Washington High School and are in their second year of FFA.  Griffin will be doing a “Topsy Turvy” presentation demonstration (how-to build one for anyone to use).  Then he and Lauren will be presenting “Hydroponics”.


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Sewing February Seeds

Tractor Supply Seed Donation

 

Thanks to everyone for the great turnout at the February meeting.  Also, special thanks go out to Kim Bryant, of Bryant Farms, for her very informative presentation, and to Salem Tractor Supply for the donation of seed packets!  Our next meeting is on March 12th at the Purdue Extension Office.

For photos of Kim Bryant’s presentation, visit our Photo Gallery.

 

 

 The following is a listing of some of the many shared products and vendors from Kim’s presentation:

Fox Farm – Soil and Fertilizer (Organic)

Fung-onil – Multipurpose fungicide

Garden Safe – Neem Oil Extract (Organic)

Grotek – Kick Start

HPS (Horticultural Products and Services Division) – Seeds

Johnny’s Selected Seeds – Seeds and Gardening Tools

Organicide – Plant Doctor (Organic)

Rupp Seeds

Worm’s Way – Gardening Supplies