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Program Type: Speaker, Community Event
Age: Adults
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This event is at the Sugar Creek Branch in New Palestine.

  • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Sign-in, information booths open
  • 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Bill McKnight's presentation
  • 8:00 p.m. Library closes

The number of visitors to garden centers dramatically falls after Memorial Day, and many properties offer little of interest after the tulips and peonies are spent.  Bill McKnight (aka The Mad Botanist) will show and discuss some interesting and beautiful plants that do their thing late in the growing season: Labor Day and beyond. Additionally, he'll discuss activities we can and should be doing in the garden during autumn, in preparation for winter.  Gardening and enjoying plants can be a year-round activity. Please join us as Bill discusses why and how.

McKnight is an author, book publisher and former museum curator and biology instructor who lives among a nearly three-acre spread of gardens in northeast Indy. He has extensive experience with edible, ornamental, native and invasive plants.  His website ( features a monthly blog. On Saturdays, during the growing season, he can be found assisting at Soules Garden in Greenwood.

Refreshments from the Hancock County Master Gardeners Assn. and door prizes provided by the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District are included.

This "Green Thumb Project" is an initiative of the Hancock County Master Gardeners, whose mission is, in part, encouraging more people to discover fulfillment in gardening.