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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Edible Landscape

Stephanie Sandefur from Indianapolis - 04/13/2021 19:05:14

Jo Ellen inspired me in one hour to want to learn more and do more with my garden and flower bed. Her knowledge and speaking commentary was wonderful. I love that you gave me permission to try new things and tell me it is OK to kill a few plants. Also, you can welcome over once I get my peppermint stick celery and figs in! Wonderful class my daughter and I truly enjoyed it.

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Truly a Great Garden Speaker!

Barbara Jablonski from IN - 11/20/2020 13:40:12

Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp spoke virtually to our Garfield Park Master Gardeners Wednesday evening 11/18/20 about “Woody Plants for Small Spaces”. She provided a well-organized handout a few days before our meeting. Her talk was beautifully illustrated with images of every small tree and shrub discussed. Jo Ellen has trialed many of the plants and is most knowledgeable about their look and performance in our area. She shares useful information in a warm and fun way. Jo Ellen really is a “Great Garden Speaker”.

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Woody Plants

Cindy M Maude from Indianapolis, IN - 11/18/2020 19:28:44

Jo Ellen is a great speaker. She always has side stories and comments. She is very down to earth and provides us with pertinent information.

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