Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

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P.O. Box 20310 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; secretary of Garden Writers Association; works at large independent garden center.




Midwest gardening popular topics for speaker Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp.


Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp • The Hoosier Gardener





Trip to Smallville: Downsizing the Garden (1 hour)

Eventually, most gardeners will have to consider downsizing our lifestyle. On this journey, we’ll develop a packing list of sorts, to help our move to a smaller space while preserving our interest in wildlife, fresh food and beautiful plants.


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.


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.


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 hours)

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: 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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Great seminar

Jane Bretzman from Indiana - 03/26/2017 17:58:28

Was at a vine seminar on Friday given by Jo Ellen. She is such a knowledgeable speaker and explains and relates to her audience so well. Always look forward to attending one of her talks.

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Marion Cty MG talk 9/12/16

Edie Enright from Indianapolis - 09/15/2016 15:24:08

Excellent presentation. The photos were first rate. Jo Ellen was friendly, intelligent and so knowledgable. She could present anywhere in the country.

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Great Spring Planting Presentation

John Schlechte from Indianapolis, Indiana - 05/06/2016 23:24:28

Ms. Sharp presented to the Eagle Creek Park Foundation. The program was about "New or Sort of New Plants to Try". Annuals, Vegetables, Herbs, Fruit, Perennials, Temperennials, Vines, and Shrubs were discussed in an interesting, highly understandable manner. It was an excellent presentation which included great visuals and a written guide.