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Fairy gardens highlighted at Herb Society of Central Indiana’s Spring Symposium
April 9, 3013.

This fairy garden, grown in a bird bath, was designed by Darlene Trusty, a master gardener with Allisonville Nursery. Photo: Darlene Trusty

This fairy garden, grown in a bird bath, was designed by Darlene Trusty, a master gardener with Allisonville Nursery. Photo: Darlene Trusty

Fans of Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairy stories will appreciate a new trend in gardening: the fairy garden.

“Basically, a fairy garden is a miniature garden with itty-bitty plants,” said Darlene Trusty, Noblesville, an expert on fairy gardens.

For nearly 2 decades, FUSE has provided support, education, and key resources to families with special-needs kids.

Volunteer instructor T.J. Allen works with Robbie Blocher as part of an adaptive swimming program. (Photo: FUSE)

FUSE does the legwork for special-needs families” March 4, 2013

FUSE stands for Families United for Support and Encouragement. For nearly 2 decades, this Hancock County non-profit has been a key source of referrals and education for parents with special-needs children.

Carell Associates helped high school senior Taylor Harrell win financial aid scholarships to multiple universities.

High school senior Taylor Harrell plans to study medicine.

Carel Associates provides low-income students a road map to college”   Feb. 21, 2013

Brownsburg high school senior Taylor Harrell is one of many students to benefit from Carel’s pre-college mentoring for high-achieving kids from low-income families. Carel helped Taylor’s family successfully apply for financial aid at multiple universities.

Timmy wins 2012 AGA Award

Timmy founder Chuck Dietzen, left, and executive director Matt MacGregor, right, with Joel McHale, center, host of the 2012 AGA.

Indianapolis nonprofit Timmy Global Health wins $250,000 at American Giving Awards.”   Jan. 24, 2013

Scott Jones, CEO of ChaCha

Scott Jones, CEO of Indy-based ChaCha

ChaCha launches social media service to link marketers, target groups”   Jan 11, 2013

Matt HuncklerMatt Hunckler, founder of Verge, wants Indianapolis to be a haven for startups.” Dec. 27, 2012

speedometer-dash-smCarmel’s Shane Thompson transforms old speedometers into works of art.” Dec. 13, 2012

gb-christmasGingerbread showcase may have the perfect gift.” Nov. 29,  2012

Carmel’s Pittman Family Sports Park: A new name where they play games.” Nov. 29,  2012

At Canine Cloud Nine, dogs get the royal treatmentUpscale dog boutique gives dogs the royal treatment Nov. 8, 2012

Green Mango cookbook offers taste of Cambodia” Oct. 30, 2012

Art in the Park Fest, FishersArt in the park in Fishers” September 13, 2012

Dodge pickup at the Slo-Ride Cruise-InClassic cars, picnic part of  Slo-Ride Cruise-In” Sept. 6, 2012

Artomobilia: Jaguars, Ferraris and more” August 23, 2012

Carmel’s Dog Day Afternoon is a day for canines — and also for the humane society” August 20, 2012

Monon Trail Bridge at 146th StreetNew bridge to carry Monon Trail over 146th Street” July 31, 2012

Elephant ears, a sweet fair treat. Photo: Erin KohlenbergGreenwood’s Hartman clan is the first family of festival food,” June 28, 2012

Steve Creech and Linda Spaulding of the ZZ-Que competitive BBQ team.Pitmasters to compete at Smoke on the Square BBQ in Franklin,” June 21, 2012 A Q & A with award-winning BBQ expert Steve Creech

Bursting with berries,” June 7, 2012 Strawberry wine is the star during Mallow Run festival “Get lost in a good book,” May 31, 2012 Children’s librarians post their top picks for kids


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