Spring Garden Show


The La Porte County Master Gardeners will be having a Spring Garden Show from 8:00am until 4:00pm CDT on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Michigan City High School.

The cost of this event is $10.00 at the door and children under 12 are free. Visit our website at www.laportemastergardener.com and purchase a discounted ticket for $8.00 after January 1st.

Michigan City High School is located at 8466 West Pahs Road, Michigan City, IN, close to Exit 34 on I-94 at US 421. The keynote speaker, Carol Michel, will present two talks. The first will be, “A Perpetual Spring in the Garden, with Late Fall, Winter, and Early Spring Blooms” from 11:30am - 12:15pm.

Her second talk, “The Twelve Secrets to Happiness in Your Garden” will be from 1:00pm until 1:45pm. Carol has a five-star rating on greatgardenspeakers.com. She will also have her book, “Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life” available for sale.

Some of the other speakers will be Katie Burnett, Farm Manager at Granor Farms, who will give a talk, “Companion Growing and Integrative Pest Management for the Home Gardener.” She will speak about organic vegetable growing with a focus on companion planting of vegetables and flowers and how to let nature go to work for you in your home garden.

Another speaker will be Damien Appel from Native Roots Farm, whose talk is titled, “Small-Scale Market Farming: CSAs, Diversification, and Value-Added Food Products.”

There will be several classes for the children, among them will be one given by Karen Sarver, “The Magic in a Seed” for preschool through third grade; another given by Carol Lerner, “Taking Flight, Why Do Birds Migrate?” for children eight years and older. She has several books written about birds with the illustrations done by her. There will be “A Nature and Garden Yoga” class for children given by Juanita Hill.

There will be vendors, gift bags, door prizes, and food. This is an event for entire family!

For more information go online at www.laportemastergardener.com or call Tina DeWitt at the La Porte Purdue Extension Office at (219) 324-9407.

Keynote Speaker Program: Ver Perpetuum, Perpetual spring in the garden with late fall and early spring flowers

“I do hold it, in the royal ordering of gardens, there ought to be gardens, for all the months in the year; in which severally things of beauty may be then in season… but my meaning is perceived, that you may have ver perpetuum, as the place affords,” Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) in “Of Gardens.”

Can we have “ver perpetuum” — flowers blooming in our gardens every month of the year — in Indiana? Yes, we can. Learn about flowers that bloom in late fall, early spring, and if we are lucky, even during the wintertime in Indiana and the Midwest.

Program:12 Secrets to Happiness in Your Garden

Are you getting the most out of your garden? Do you leave your garden feeling refreshed or do you leave it feeling frustrated and ready to quit? Does your garden make you happy? Carol shares the secrets to happiness in your garden with her own tips and tricks to remind you how to have fun while gardening.

Carol Michel is a lifelong gardener and resident of Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture production and an associate degree in computer technology, both from Purdue University.

She spent over three decades making a living working in healthcare IT while making a life for herself in her garden. Now she calls herself a “gardenangelist” and spends most of her time in her garden, sharing all things gardening with anyone who will listen.

Carol is an avid collector of old gardening books and claims to have the largest hoe collection in the world. She regularly writes about her old books, hoes, and many other gardening-related topics for Indiana Gardening magazine and her award-winning garden blog, www.maydreamsgardens.com. She is also the author of Potted and Pruned: Living a Gardening Life (Gardenangelist Books, 2017).

Featured Programs “Coexisting With Our Native Wildlife: A Program for All Ages,” by Nicole Harmon

Our program will be focusing on the work of Humane Indiana to encourage the general public to coexist with native wildlife in a humane manner. From helping injured wildlife in your community to managing nuisance wildlife around your home, there are always ways to lend a helping hand to wildlife in need.

Attendees to the program will have the opportunity to meet several of Humane Indiana’s animal ambassadors that are non-releasable wildlife that came into the Rehabilitation Center with injuries that prevented their release.

Nicole Harmon has been working with Humane Indiana as their educator since February of 2016. Upon graduating with a Bachelors in Wildlife Ecology in 2009 from Saint Joseph’s College, Nicole has worked for both the DNR gathering data on local breeding bird populations and bat populations as well as working at the Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City as a zookeeper. Nicole earned her Masters in Biology in 2014 from Miami University of Ohio and focuses her current work with Humane Indiana on educating the public on wildlife native to Indiana.

“You’re the Crew, The Crew is You! Of What Oh What Am I The Crew?” by Linda Strain

This is a program for children eight and older, and it deals with environmental citizenship and stewardship. Have you ever thought about the Earth being a spaceship? Are you a kid who wants to know what you can do to take care of this beautiful spaceship we are on? Do you ever think, “I am just one person, what can I do?” If so, this program is for you.

Linda Strain has been an educator all of her life. She earned her Masters in Environmental Education from the University of Michigan.

In addition to teaching in the public skills, she has taught many nature and environmental classes for children and adults. She has done classes for LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart and Porter County Parks, Schools and Libraries. She has also done classes for Unity Gardens, Fernwood, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Lubeznik Art Center, Potawatomi Conservatory, Friendship Botanical Gardens And Girl Scouts of the Singing Sands.

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