Vernon Township Community Garden

Speaker Series:

Once a month the Township hosts a speaker on various gardening and nature related topics. Past speakers have focused on Native Plants, Seed Collecting, Soil Testing, Invasives, Bats and Butterflies. We have built strong partnerships with Hancock County Master Gardeners, Purdue Extension and Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District. Please join the Community Gardens of Vernon Township private Facebook page and follow Garden email notices for dates and topics.

Community Garden:

For the 2024-25 growing seasons, we will maintain the erected raised garden beds next to the Township Office at 602 Vitality Drive for community garden plots and donor plots to our local food pantry (F.A.R.M). Residents must complete a garden application form if they are interested in securing a raised bed for the growing season. We will expand the number of raised beds based on demand.

Monarch Waystation:
In 2023, two beds of milkweed were added to the gardens. More than 250 monarch caterpillars were identified with many chrysalises spotted around the garden. Enclosures were added late in the season to increase the rate of survival for the monarchs.

Garden Shed & Mural:

Eagle Scout Caelan Alford transformed a brick trash enclosure into a lovely Garden Shed in the winter of 2022. Muralist Mike McEvers designed and painted the beautiful Gardens of Vernon Township mural in the summer of 2023 with financial assistance from Fortville Action Inc. We will add a bench and landscaping this summer.

Sponsors:

We are grateful that the Garden projects have been largely funded with grants and donations from Community Foundation of Hancock County, Garmong Construction, MIBOR, Purdue University, Hancock County Farm Bureau, Indiana Native Plants and Greenfield Bank (GBC).

Community Garden Interest Form

Community Garden Interest Form

Check all that apply

Noxious Weeds

Noxious Weeds

Management of certain invasive weeds including the noxious Canada Thistle, Johnson Grass, Bur Cucumber and Shattercane is a responsibility of Vernon Township. If a complaint is made, the Trustee will investigate. Once the problem is confirmed, the landowner must destroy the plants within 5 days from receipt of written notice from the Trustee’s office.