Marion County Master Gardeners Association

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August Meeting
Monday, August 8, 2016

********please note this is not at our usual meeting place*********

Northminster Presbyterian Church
1660 Kessler Boulevard East Drive

this is 5 blocks West of the intersection of
Keystone Ave and Kessler Boulevard

 Meeting Begins at 9:15am
our speaker will be
Kari Arney
Horticulturist at Sullivan’s Hardware
Growing and Caring for Your Hydrangeas

Our Speaker for the August meeting, Kari Arney a horticulturist for Sullivan’s Hardware, will be talking about hydrangeas and what we can do to grow those beautiful flowers.

Hydrangea is a genus of about 75 species of flowering plants native to China and the Americas. They are extremely vigorous, long-lived shrubs that offer extravagant blooms throughout summer and even into fall, when many shrubs have completed their show for the year. All bring a stately, old-fashioned feel to the landscape.

Most hydrangeas are small to large shrubs but there are some climbing and treelike ones as well. Growers have developed a number of interesting hydrangeas which are not the traditional white ones our grandmothers had. There are two flower arrangements in hydrangeas: mop head flowers — large, round flower heads resembling pom-poms; or lace caps, which are airier flowers surrounded by loose bracts. In most species, flowers are white, but some species have colorful florets that are blue, red, pink, light or dark purple. Find out from Kari’s presentation which ones are your favorites and which hydrangeas grow best in our Indiana climate.

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