Hendricks County was formed in 1824 and for decades was agriculture based. In the past 30 years, the county has seen a 26% population growth and acres of farmland has been converted to businesses and housing. Hendricks County still has gardeners residing on country roads but many have diversified their properties into a variety of gardening options. Come join the Hendricks County Master Gardeners and explore these gardens. Note – Many of the gardens require walking on uneven grass, gravel and narrow brick/stone pathways.
Woody Warehouse in Lizton, Indiana is a family based wholesale nursery that specialized in native trees and shrubs. Beginning with seed from the Central Hardwoods Region, they propagate seedlings with various root pruning techniques. Visit the propagation greenhouse and see the acres of trees and shrubs.
Landscaper, John Chapin, met the challenge when a grove of 30 trees needed to be removed resulting in dozens of shade perennial transplants. John is a collector of unique and beautiful plants and has planted his new sun gardens with perennials, magnolias, lilacs, redbuds and dwarf and unusual conifers.
Napa Valley in Hendricks County? Steve and Kim Somermeyer selected Hendricks County to build their new home and the grape vines were the first thing planted on their 20 acre property. Steve also works at Chateau Thomas Winery and serves as a judge for various wine competitions. Kim and Steve will educate guests on the challenges of Indiana grape growing and provide a winetasting experience for all.
The home and gardens of the Stephens family are set on eight acres of secluded woods. Beginning in 1976 with the building of the gazebo overlooking the new pond and bridge, Bill continued to add to their wonderland with a second pond. There are many magnificent gardens, including a formal garden, rose garden and a variety of gardens with hostas, daylilies and irises. Many of the gardens feature whimsical art and Bill is also a trial gardener for new irises and daylilies.
Ruby Lee & Paul Zitterbart’s garden began about 1996 evolving through themes of sun, shade, and seasonal interest. Adding 100+ cubic yards of composted manure, they improved the soil and added new bed dimensions for 300+ varieties of hosta, plus fern, heuchera, astilbe, tricyrtis and native plants.
The final visit is Avon Gardens. Karen Robbin’s business sits on a portion of her grandfathers’ original farm. Her business has grown to include 5 acres of display gardens, several water features and includes a wedding/reception venue. Karen has hosted over a dozen national tours and her gardens have been featured in Midwest Living magazine.
This tour is available for a limited number of participants. Participants are required to complete a background check in advance of the tour for admission to the site. Master Gardeners partner with the Correctional Facility for a horticulture training program for offenders. The program includes an on-site garden, a greenhouse, and a culinary kitchen.. Find out about the training and visit the garden for a close-up view of the project.
Amy, from Frazee Gardens, will guide us through selecting succulents (several from which to choose), trimming them (like those from last year), share pros and cons of caring for succulents – and finally creating a succulent container to carry home.
Students walk away with mold, pot, printed instructions, safety tips, large bag for pot. His students have ranged from 5-93, and have included a blind person and people with limited dexterity. Workshops are available on Thursday, June 7 and throughout State Conference.