Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

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P.O. Box 20310 Indiana 46220-0310

Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp is a popular speaker on various garden topics and sustainable living; television and radio guest; writer; author; garden coach; vice president of Garden Writers Association; 20-years w/large independent garden center.

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Midwest gardening popular topics for speaker Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp.


Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp • The Hoosier Gardener

E-mail: thehoosiergardener@gmail.com.





The Downsized Gardener (1 hour)

What gardeners need to know when they move from theor home and landscape to a condo or apartment.

Annuals: A Lot of Color for the Coin (1 hour)

Annuals are in the fast lane of plants, performing for only one season. But their show makes them indispensable for consistent color throughout the season. Learn about some of the best, their attributes and care.

Fabulous Foliage (1 hour)

Foliage plants give a new meaning to color and texture in the landscape or containers. Take a visual stroll through some of the best annuals, perennials, tropicals and other plants that make their statement with their leaves.

Four-Season Containers (1 hour)

Only imagination and drainage limit gardeners when it comes to containers. Program includes how-to-plant pots, great plant combinations and unusual containers that fuel the imagination all year long.

Ground Covers: More than Ivy and Myrtle (1 hour)

A ground cover is any plant that covers the grounds. These are diverse plants, from fragrant sumac and daylilies to hostas and geraniums and dozens of other selections.

Native Plants for the Midwest Garden (1 hour)

Native plants are programmed to grow in the Midwest, so they spell success for most gardeners. Native plants also attract our native birds, bees and butterflies. Program includes a sampler of familiar plants and a few lesser-known ones and their care.

Party in the Garden (1 hour)

We'll develop a checklist for what needs to be done when in order to have a wonderful birthday party, graduation celebration, wedding or other special event in your garden

Spring Bulbs and Companions (1 hour)

An overview of popular and lesser-known spring bulbs and perennials that make good companion plants.

Sustainable/Low-Maintenance Landscape Techniques (1 hour)

Reviews practices homeowners can take to cut down on the work in their landscape.

Where the Wild Things Are (1 hour)

Make sure the wild things are in your landscape, where they pollinate plants, eat bugs and add beauty to the scene. Learn which plants provide food and shelter for butterflies, birds and other wildlife.

Woody Plants Worthy of Small Spaces (1 hour)

Explore the trees and shrubs that earn the space they take in the urban and suburban landscape by multi-seasonal interest, long-bloom cycles or other attributes.


Most programs consist of lecture illustrated with PowerPoint. Demonstration programs are available for some topics. Other topics may be arranged. Handouts provided for each program. To schedule, please contact: Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp • E-mail: thehoosiergardener@gmail.com P.O. Box 20310 Indianapolis, IN 46220-0310.


Indianapolis, but I travel to other cities for speaking engagements, workshops and seminars.

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Once upon a plant

Susan Micks from Indianapolis - 11/27/2018 15:21:47

Loved this presentation. Great information, content and delivery.

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So helpful and down to earth (haha)

Rachel Yoder from Indianapolis - 04/24/2018 22:22:27

Jo Ellen volunteered to assist with the City Gardener program. I always looked forward to her practical and helpful advice with growing plants in Indianapolis! She was gracious, to the point, and even shared her own gardening mishaps, which were informative but also helped me feel more at ease. Incredibly knowledgeable about midwest gardening. I am very much looking forward to reading her book!

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Great speaker!

Tony Buccilli from Evansville, Indiana - 04/12/2018 09:18:34

Jo Ellen spoke at our Master Gardener meeting recently. What a delight! Not only did we have record attendance at the meeting (because she was speaking), but the members raved about her talk! Jo Ellen was insightful, witty and down-to-earth in her talk about “Spring Bulbs and Perennial Companions.” We look forward to having her speak again soon!

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