The Purdue Extension Master Gardener course is to be offered over a 13 week period from February 24th to May 19th, 2014.
Schedule: 9:00 AM – 12 Noon Monday
Location: Purdue North Central – Porter County
600 Vale Park Road
Graduate Building – Room 124
Valparaiso, IN 46385
This course will cover basic gardening and horticultural topics for the motivated gardener with an interest in sharing information and helping others. The faculty of Purdue University and other local institutions will participate.
Eligible participants and costs: Porter County residents will have priority in enrollment. The cost is $200.00 for the course. The class size will be limited due to size of available facilities.
Course Coordinator – Lyndsay Ploehn, Purdue Extension, Porter County.
219 465 3555
Valparaiso, IN, Jan. 8, 2014 – Former garden editor and writer for Martha Stewart Living magazine Stacey Hirvela is the keynote speaker for the 11th Annual Gardening Show on Sat., Jan. 25. Hirvela, now the Proven Winners Shrub Specialist will present, “The Elegant Shrubs,” beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Porter County Expo, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, IN. A host of seminars and demonstrations follow throughout the day:
"A to Z of Landscape Questions You Forgot to Ask"
Amanda Thomsen, Author, "Kiss My Aster" followed by book sales and signing at 11:30
"How We Reclaimed Wolf Lake"
Gregg Calpino, SEH Award-winning Landscape Architect
"Welcome Spring with Hosta, Heuchera and Hellebore"
Greg Stack, University of Illinois Extension Educator
"150 Ways to Create a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You" Amanda Thomsen
"Instant Gratification Spring Container"
Jennifer Brennan, ABC-TV Channel 7 Horticulture Correspondent
"Wetlands - the Ordinary and the Extraordinary"
Victoria Jostes, Lake County Master Gardener
"Choosing the Right Tree for Your City Yard"
Gina Darnell, Urban Forester and Forest Resource Planner
Abe Paluch, Outreach Educator
Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County
Butterfly Conservation at Home
Dolly Foster, Lake County Master Gardener
Caring for Your Garden Tools
Mike Barrett, Alternate Plan Landscape Service
Butterfly Conservation at Home
The 11th Annual Gardening Show will be held 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST (Chicago time) on Sat., Jan. 25. This award-winning event features presentations by national, regional and local gardening experts, special lodging & dining packages, a seed & bulb exchange, garden photography contest, children's corner, food service by Suzie’s Café and Tate’s Place, and 100 exhibitors and vendors of products and services for and about gardens and gardening. Admission is $10, children under 12 free, free parking and door prizes. For more info visit http://pcgarden.info/gardening_show.html
Photo: Stacey Hirvela, presently with the marketing team for Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs, will share her love of gardening with attendees at the 11th Annual Gardening Show. Hirvela is a graduate of University of Michigan and the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden.