Brown Bag Gardening Series Continues with Attracting Wildlife

Folks are invited to bring their “brown bag” lunch or snack and learn a little about gardening during four sessions presented by La Porte County Master Gardeners. Three more sessions, one in La Porte and two in Michigan City, will focus on aspects of gardening from attracting wildlife to gardening with kids.

At the second session in the Brown Bag Gardening Series on Wednesday, February 13, two experienced gardeners will share this event to discuss “Attracting Wildlife.”

Donna Pouzar will talk about Wildlife Habitat Certification, a National Wildlife Federation program that defines the needs of wildlife and helps you earn certification for your own yard to attract some wildlife friends. Laura Henderson will speak on the benefits of cultivating native plant species to better welcome wildlife to your yard and make it easier to grow beautiful, sustainable yards and landscapes. Native varietal plantings benefit people and animals. These two Purdue-trained, experienced Master Gardeners are each experts in their field and can help you choose the right plants for the right place in your yard, to enhance your life as well as attract wildlife into your home space. Gardening is one of America’s most popular hobbies. According to a recent National Gardening Association report*, 42 million households in the US (35%) grew their own food in a garden. That’s an increase of 17% over the past five years, with most of that growth coming from younger households.

Get a “jump-start” on gardening this year by participating in one or all of the sessions in the award-winning Brown Bag Gardening Series, sponsored by the La Porte County Master Gardener Association. In 2015, the series won a statewide Search for Excellence award for educational service conducted by Purdue Master Gardeners. Sessions will be held as follows:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Attracting Wildlife, Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. 4th St., Michigan City, IN.

  • Wednesday, March 6, Noon to 1:00 p.m., Gardening Through Handicaps, Michigan City Senior Center, Washington Park, Michigan City, IN.

  • Wednesday, April 10, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Gardening with Kids, La Porte Public Library Meeting Room, 904 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, IN.

All sessions will be Central time.

Folks are invited to bring their lunch or snack and join in for one or more sessions on these gardening topics. The fee is just $5 for each session, which includes informational handouts, or $15 for all three sessions. No need to pre-register; just show up.

For more information about the sessions in the Brown Bag Gardening Series, please call Purdue Extension – La Porte County at 219-324-9407.

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