Don’t Miss PCMGA Garden Walk 2017

Don’t Miss PCMGA Garden Walk 2017

This year we will showcase a bouquet of gardens—all in and around Valparaiso in Porter County Indiana. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and explain plantings at each garden. We have door prize drawings at every garden! Northwest Indiana’s premier garden walk is sponsored annually by the Porter County Master Gardeners Association and Purdue Extension Porter County. Link here for more information.

Gardening Show Handouts Now Available

Gardening Show Handouts Now Available

Due to large crowds at the 14th Annual Gardening Show, PCMGA ran out of some handouts. Links to the handouts are listed below.

How to Be a Better Gardener Faster
Scott Beuerlein, Director of Horticulture, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Handout

Top Performing Perennials for Chicagoland
Richard Hawke, Plant Evaluation Manager and Associate Scientist, Chicago Botanic Garden
Handout

Focus on Midwestern Native Plants
Mark O’Brien, Director, Cardno Native Plant Nursery
Access the Native Plant Browser and Resource Catalog at cardnonativeplantnursery.com for more information

Making Vine Wreaths for the Holidays

Making Vine Wreaths for the Holidays

appleby-farm-3Master Gardener Sandy Appleby graciously opened her home on Saturday, November 12, to Porter County Master Gardeners interested in learning how to make a vine wreath base. A group of PGMGs and their friends bundled up and navigated the trails to the Cookabee Farm creek and came away with beautiful wreaths, as well as one hour of Master Gardener education credit!

appleby-farm-2“The vines make a great base to insert wildflowers, sedum and/or other wild specimens,” Sandy said. “It was a beautiful Fall day to create, spend time with friends, and earn some Master Gardener education credit time.”

Thank you Sandy, for sharing your knowledge and experience with your peers.

Exclusive Seminar Day with Vinnie Simeone

Exclusive Seminar Day with Vinnie Simeone

This Seminar was offered to current PCMGA members a few weeks ago, and we still have a very limited amount of free tickets remaining for this wonderful opportunity.

Please join Porter County Master Gardeners Association as we welcome Vincent “Vinnie” Simeone for two free lectures on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 9 am to noon at the Westchester Library Service Center, 100 W Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, Indiana. You may remember Vinnie. He was the keynote speaker at our 8th Annual Gardening Show.

Registration is required and seating is limited. Please click here to register.

Tom, LuAnn Troxel to Quit Milking Cows After 33 Years

Tom, LuAnn Troxel to Quit Milking Cows After 33 Years

Mornings at Troxel Dairy Farm have always been busy. That’s to be expected when two industrious people love what they do and when what they do is dairy farming alongside a large animal veterinary practice. Both can be demanding 24/7 jobs, and for 33 years of marriage, Dr. Tom Troxel has pulled double duty—wife LuAnn right there with him in the trenches. She is thankful that after next week, he’ll only have one job to do. The cows will be gone, but the South County Veterinary practice continues. To read more about our beloved Master Gardner, click here.

Porter County Master Gardeners Spruce Up the Gardens at Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Center in Valparaiso

Porter County Master Gardeners Spruce Up the Gardens at Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Center in Valparaiso

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A team of Porter County Master Gardeners recently gathered to spruce up the gardens at Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Hospice Center in Valparaiso. The Center garden is a continuing project led by Advanced Master Gardener, Martha Seroczynski, and funded yearly by a $250 Community Grant from the Porter County Master Gardeners Association (PCMGA).

Since 2005, PCMGA has given more than $45,000 in gifts and grants to organizations in and around Porter County, Ind. Read the full article at ValpoLife.com.

For further details on how to apply for scholarships and grants, please visit: http://www.pcgarden.info/grants-scholarships/

 

 

Garden Thyme Vol. 2, Issue 6

Garden Thyme ThumbGarden Thyme has won the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Award! The newsletter is a bimonthly collaboration between Porter County Purdue Extension Educator Lyndsay Ploehn and Master Gardeners Marcia Carson, Shelli Henry, Nancy Rosene, Kristine Sandrick, Beverly Thevenin and Suzanna Tudor. Jason Henderson, Purdue Extension Director, said the “useful, compelling, and thoughtful newsletter took top honors in awards that represent the finest examples of communication efforts from agricultural agents nationwide.” The newsletter earned kudos for its timely information, intuitive layout, engaging tone, and appealing design. On July 14, 2015, Ploehn attended the Communications Awards Luncheon at the NACAA Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference in Sioux Falls, S.D., to receive the award. The newsletter has now gained much popularity and will be distributed throughout Indiana!

View the .pdf file here Garden Thyme Vol. 2, Issue 6. For more Extension news, visit their website.

2016 Porter County Master Gardeners Garden Walk a great success

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the PCMGA Garden Walk on July 9! We had a beautiful day for it! The Garden Owners were tremendous, and they graciously hosted well over 500 people to their lovely gardens! And all of our amazing volunteers–we couldn’t do it without you! Thanks to all who made it such a success!

For a link to photographs taken of the gardens, see 2016 Garden Walk.

 

Visitors to expect floral variety at 14th annual Porter County Garden Walk

On a hot day in June, Bill and Christine Pierce pick weeds, tend to their lawn and inspect the dozens of plants that make up their charming Valparaiso garden. The 14th year of Northwest Indiana’s premier garden event is soon to be in bloom, and flower experts of Porter County — the Pierce’s included — are working hard to prepare the long-awaited floral site.

To see the entire article select 2016 Garden Walk.

 

Porter County Garden Walk planned

Gardeners and nature lovers will enjoy a variety of settings at this year’s Porter County Garden Walk from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9. The Porter County Master Gardeners Association and Purdue Extension Porter County sponsor the annual event, now in its 14th year. This year’s sites are in and around Valparaiso and Chesterton.

To see the entire article select 2016 Garden Walk.

 

Garden Thyme Vol. 2, Issue 5

pcgarden image for newsletterGarden Thyme has won the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Award! The newsletter is a bimonthly collaboration between Porter County Purdue Extension Educator Lyndsay Ploehn and Master Gardeners Marcia Carson, Shelli Henry, Nancy Rosene, Kristine Sandrick, Beverly Thevenin and Suzanna Tudor. Jason Henderson, Purdue Extension Director, said the “useful, compelling, and thoughtful newsletter took top honors in awards that represent the finest examples of communication efforts from agricultural agents nationwide.” The newsletter earned kudos for its timely information, intuitive layout, engaging tone, and appealing design. On July 14, 2015, Ploehn attended the Communications Awards Luncheon at the NACAA Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference in Sioux Falls, S.D., to receive the award. The newsletter has now gained much popularity and will be distributed throughout Indiana!

View the .pdf file here Garden Thyme Vol. 2, Issue 5. For more Extension news, visit their website.

Ask a Master Gardener at Earth Day

Ask-LogoVisit the Ask a Master Gardener booth at Porter County’s Earth Day Celebration, April 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Porter County Expo, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, Ind. Enter in a door prize drawing to win two tickets to Garden Walk 2016 and a basket full of gardening treats. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. Bring the kids for a quick and fun gardening project. For more information on this year’s Earth Day event, visit It Means the World.

Garden Thyme Vol. 2, Issue 4

Garden Thyme has won the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Award! The newsletter is a bimonthly collaboration between Porter County Purdue Extension Educator Lyndsay Ploehn and Master Gardeners Marcia Carson, Shelli Henry, Nancy Rosene, Kristine Sandrick, Beverly Thevenin and Suzanna Tudor. Jason Henderson, Purdue Extension Director, said the “useful, compelling, and thoughtful newsletter took top honors in awards that represent the finest examples of communication efforts from agricultural agents nationwide.” The newsletter earned kudos for its timely information, intuitive layout, engaging tone, and appealing design. On July 14, Ploehn attended the Communications Awards Luncheon at the NACAA Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference in Sioux Falls, S.D., to receive the award. The newsletter has now gained much popularity and will be distributed throughout Indiana!

View the .pdf file here Garden Thyme Vol. 2, Issue 4. For more Extension news, visit their website.

Porter County Master Gardener Show in the Spotlight!

GS PostThe Purdue Master Gardeners Program spotlighted the Porter County Master Gardeners’ 13th Annual Gardening Show in a recent post on their website. “Porter County Master Gardeners are striving to “Help Others Grow,” and leave a great gardening legacy in Porter County! Their Annual Gardening Show celebrated its 13th anniversary on January 23, 2016! They set another record this year with a total paid attendance of 1720 people! In fact, after you include volunteers, vendors, and special guests, their total attendance exceeded 2,000 people!”

To see the entire article select HORT.PURDUE.EDU.

 

Roy Diblik’s 25 Favorite Plants

If you would like a copy of Roy Diblik’s list of 25 Favorite Plants (The Appropriate Perennial Plant List) or other supporting documentation cited in his presentation at the 13th Annual Gardening Show, please select from the links below.

Plant Communities (Keynote Address)

Know Maintenance Community Perennial Plant Combinations

Durable Plants That Enjoy the Social Life

The Appropriate Perennial Plant List

Winter Seed Sowing

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2016-news-5-06“The snow may be falling, the wind may be blowing and the temperature definitely dropping, but that is the perfect time to winter sow some seeds, put the containers outside and forget about them,” writes Porter County Master Gardener Beverly Thevenin in Chicagoland Gardening.  If you missed Beverly’s demonstration at the 13th Annual Gardenind Show, click here to read her informative how-to article, and here to visit Chicagland Gardening.  The story also features the photography of Porter County Master Gardener Nancy Rosene.

Garden Thyme Vol. 2, Issue 3

Volume 2.Issue 3 Link

Garden Thyme has won the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Award! The newsletter is a bimonthly collaboration between Porter County Purdue Extension Educator Lyndsay Ploehn and Master Gardeners Marcia Carson, Shelli Henry, Nancy Rosene, Kristine Sandrick, Beverly Thevenin and Suzanna Tudor. Jason Henderson, Purdue Extension Director, said the “useful, compelling, and thoughtful newsletter took top honors in awards that represent the finest examples of communication efforts from agricultural agents nationwide.” The newsletter earned kudos for its timely information, intuitive layout, engaging tone, and appealing design. On July 14, Ploehn attended the Communications Awards Luncheon at the NACAA Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference in Sioux Falls, S.D., to receive the award. The newsletter has now gained much popularity and will be distributed throughout Indiana!

View the .pdf file here Garden Thyme Vol. 2, Issue 3. For more Extension news, visit their website.

Gardening Show Brings Adventure!

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ct-ct-ptb-garden-show-porter-jpg-20160125 (2)There was the exotic and the new, there was business and there was pleasure.  Seeds were swapped and taken to new gardens.  The 13th Annual Gardening Show show had something for everyone, and the common take-away was: I learned something!  “There are a lot of different things you see at this show that you don’t see at other shows. It’s very diverse,” Doug Osman of Lost World Exotics told The Post-Tribune on Saturday, January 23.  The show was an official Indiana Bicentennial Legacy event and drew over 2,000 gardeners – and adventurers – from across Indiana and neighboring states.  Read the whole story at The Post-Tribune.

Gardening Show is a Big Hit!

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 13th Annual Gardening Show

“We just love this show because there’s nothing like it anywhere … it is so worth the drive.”  That’s what people were telling The Times on Saturday, January 23, about the 13th Annual Gardening Show by the Porter County Master Gardeners, which was an official Indiana Bicentennial Event.  Attendance was off the charts, satisfaction was high, and Hoosier state history was front and center.  From the story: “Maureen Phillips, of the Porter County Master Gardeners — which co-sponsors the show with the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service — said this year’s theme, Celebrating Our Roots, ties in with the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration, which officially endorsed the show as a Legacy Project.”  To read the whole story and view a gallery of photos from The Times, click here.

At the Gardening Show: Roy Diblik

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Indiana’s native plants are natural beauties with a high IQ: Blue wild indigo anyone?  When the world-renowned Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf came to Chicago to install Lurie Garden, the man he sought out to access native plants was Roy Diblik, the keynote speaker at our 13th Annual Gardening Show.  And wild indigo (Baptisia australis) is one of many natives that is a star in this famous garden, a living exhibit of how you can use natives in your own garden.  Roy will present two seminars – “Coming to Know Plants: Understanding Plant Relationships in the Garden” and “Thoughtful Perennial Planting: Designing with the Know Maintenance Approach” on January 23 at our Show, an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Event.  Join us in “Celebrating Our Roots – Growing Our Future.”  Roy’s books will be available for sale and signing, too!

For more information on Roy and the show, please click here.

At the Gardening Show: Jean Starr

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Did you know that the peony (Paeonia lactiflora) replaced the zinnia as Indiana’s state flower in 1957 and is the flower of choice for gravesites for Memorial Day?  This luscious spring bloomer was cultivated over 2,500 years ago in China, Siberia and Japan, and plants can live for as long as 50 years.  Whether herbaceous or woody, the peony is the favorite plant of national gardening writer Jean Starr, who will present Peonies: Exotic Plants for Midwest Gardens on January 23 at our 13th Annual Gardening Show, an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Event.  Join us in “Celebrating Our Roots – Growing Our Future.”

For more information on Jean and the show, please click here.

At the Gardening Show: Fred Whitford

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“The Queen of American Agriculture” was Indiana’s bold Virginia Claypool Meredith.  This amazing woman set aside the norm and took charge of the farm she inherited upon her husband’s passing in 1882.  Meredith changed the role of women in education, agriculture and home economics.  She was the first woman to lecture on agriculture at Purdue University.  Meredith also represented Indiana on the Board of Lady Managers at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, serving as vice-chairman of the board’s executive committee.  After “retirement,” Meredith became Purdue University’s first woman trustee.  Purdue University Professor Fred Whitford is the co-author of “The Queen of American Agriculture,” a biography on the amazing Meredith.  He’ll share his “History of Purdue as a Land Grant University” on January 23 at our 13th Annual Gardening Show, an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Event.  Join us in “Celebrating Our Roots – Growing Our Future.”  Fred’s books will be available for sale and signing at the show, too!

For more information on Fred and our show, please click here.

 

At the Gardening Show: Heirlooms and Community Service

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The living legacy of WWII Victory Gardens still lives in the Peterson Garden Project (seven community gardens and nearly three thousand gardeners) in Chicago. Hear executive director, LaManda Joy, weave together the open-pollinated goodness of heirloom plant varieties and community service through horticulture in “Growing ‘Old:’ Community Gardens & Heirlooms” on January 23 at our 13th Annual Gardening Show, an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Event. Join us in “Celebrating Our Roots – Growing Our Future.”   LaManda’s books will be available for sale and signing at the show, too!

For more information on the Gardening Show and LaManda Joy, please click here.

At the Gardening Show: Victoria Jostes

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The sunflower seed-loving cardinal became Indiana’s state bird in 1933 by an act of the General Assembly.  If sunflower seeds bring cardinals to your yard, how else can you “set the table” to attract hummingbirds or bluebirds for a great bird party?  Join Master Naturalist Victoria Jostes for “Invite a Cardinal to Lunch: Planting Natives is for the Birds” on January 23 at our 13th Annual Gardening Show.  Victoria will help you learn how to easily make your yard not just the avian place to be, but also a haven for our dwindling bird population.  The show is an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Event – “Celebrating Our Roots – Growing Our Future.”

For more information on the our Gardening Show and to learn more about Victoria, please visit click here.

At the Gardening Show: John Woodmansee

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The 100-foot tuliptree, a member of the magnolia family, became Indiana’s state tree in 1931.  The tree has yellow flowers in the summer that look like tulips and are sought out by bees for honeymaking.  Also known as the yellow popular, the wood of this tree is used for furniture and cabinets.  The tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera) grows throughout our fine state!  For more on the trees of Indiana, you’ll want to hear John Woodmansee present “Indiana Native Trees – Identification and Lore” on January 23 at our 13th Annual Gardening Show, an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Event.  Join us in “Celebrating Our Roots – Growing Our Future.”

For more on the Gardening Show and John Woodmansee, please click here.

At the Gardening Show: LaManda Joy

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When settlers began farming in Indiana, all fertilizers and insect controls were organic.  Ever wanted to grow your own organic fruits, vegetables and herbs but were too intimidated to try? Well, breathe easy because LaManda Joy’s month-by-month advice on growing organic food in our region will put your fears to rest. Plan to take a bite out of “Fearless Food Gardening” with LaManda Joy on January 23 at our 13th Annual Gardening Show, an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Event. Join us in “Celebrating Our Roots – Growing Our Future.”  LaManda’s books will be available for sale and signing at the show, too!

For more on the Gardening Show and LaManda Joy, please click here.

Join the 2016 Master Gardener Basic Training Program

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The next training class is just around the corner!  If this is something you’ve always wanted to do, now is the time to gift yourself – or your favorite gardener – with this Purdue University horticultural education and volunteer program.  The next session runs from February 4 to May 12 from 11 am to 3 pm, and takes place at the Valparaiso Public Library.  Whether you just want to know more about your own yard or be better able to create or maintain a community garden in a park or school, this training will help you grow!  For more information, contact Porter County Extension Educator Lyndsay Ploehn at lploehn@purdue.edu or 219-465-3555, and also visit https://www.hort.purdue.edu/mg/become.html  When you complete the class, we’ll be waiting for you to join the Association!

Garden Thyme Vol. 2, Issue 2

Garden Thyme logoGarden Thyme has won the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Award! The newsletter is a bimonthly collaboration between Porter County Purdue Extension Educator Lyndsay Ploehn and Master Gardeners Marcia Carson, Shelli Henry, Nancy Rosene, Kristine Sandrick, Beverly Thevenin and Suzanna Tudor. Jason Henderson, Purdue Extension Director, said the “useful, compelling, and thoughtful newsletter took top honors in awards that represent the finest examples of communication efforts from agricultural agents nationwide.” The newsletter earned kudos for its timely information, intuitive layout, engaging tone, and appealing design. On July 14, Ploehn attended the Communications Awards Luncheon at the NACAA Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference in Sioux Falls, S.D., to receive the award. The newsletter has now gained much popularity and will be distributed throughout Indiana!

View the .pdf file here Garden Thyme Vol. 2, Issue 2.

For more Extension news, visit their website

At the Gardening Show: Shirley Heinze Landtrust

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Weekly-Shorts-IconFive Shirley Heinze Land Trust properties are dedicated Indiana State Nature Preserves. Now in its 34th year, the SH Land Trust has acquired fens, tallgrass prairie, high dune, oak savanna and other types land that define the beauty and the ecology of the Lake Michigan watershed.  Kris Krouse and Jim Erdelac of the SH Land Trust will talk about “Environmental Education and Using Native Plants” on January 23 at our 13th Annual Gardening Show, an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Event. Join us in “Celebrating Our Roots – Growing Our Future.”

For more information on our Gardening Show and to learn more about the Shirley Heinze Landtrust, please click here.

Garden Thyme Vol. 2, Issue 1

Garden Thyme has won the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Award! The newsletter is a bimonthly collaboration between Porter County Purdue Extension Educator Lyndsay Ploehn and Master Gardeners Marcia Carson, Shelli Henry, Nancy Rosene, Kristine Sandrick, Beverly Thevenin and Suzanna Tudor. Jason Henderson, Purdue Extension Director, said the “useful, compelling, and thoughtful newsletter took top honors in awards that represent the finest examples of communication efforts from agricultural agents nationwide.” The newsletter earned kudos for its timely information, intuitive layout, engaging tone, and appealing design. On July 14, Ploehn attended the Communications Awards Luncheon at the NACAA Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference in Sioux Falls, S.D., to receive the award. The newsletter has now gained much popularity and will be distributed throughout Indiana!

View the .pdf file here Garden Thyme Vol 2, Issue 1.

For more Extension news, visit their website

A Tovah Martin Two-fer!

Please join the Porter County Master Gardener Association as we welcome gardening author Tovah Martin for two free lectures on Saturday, November 7, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westchester Library Service Center, 100 W Indiana Ave., Chesterton, Ind.
This event is currently fully booked, but you may place your name on the Waiting List.  You will be notified by email when a seat opens up. Thank you!
Please click here to add your name to the Waiting List.

Garden Thyme Vol. 1, Issue 6

Garden Thyme has won the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Award! The newsletter is a bimonthly collaboration between Porter County Purdue Extension Educator Lyndsay Ploehn and Master Gardeners Marcia Carson, Shelli Henry, Nancy Rosene, Kristine Sandrick, Beverly Thevenin and Suzanna Tudor. Jason Henderson, Purdue Extension Director, said the “useful, compelling, and thoughtful newsletter took top honors in awards that represent the finest examples of communication efforts from agricultural agents nationwide.” The newsletter earned kudos for its timely information, intuitive layout, engaging tone, and appealing design. On July 14, Ploehn attended the Communications Awards Luncheon at the NACAA Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference in Sioux Falls, S.D., to receive the award. The newsletter has now gained much popularity and will be distributed throughout Indiana!

View the .pdf file here Garden Thyme Vol 1, Issue 6.

For more Extension news, visit their website

Garden Thyme Vol. 1, Issue 5

Garden Thyme has won the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Award! The newsletter is a bimonthly collaboration between Porter County Purdue Extension Educator Lyndsay Ploehn and Master Gardeners Marcia Carson, Shelli Henry, Nancy Rosene, Kristine Sandrick, Beverly Thevenin and Suzanna Tudor. Jason Henderson, Purdue Extension Director said the “useful, compelling, and thoughtful newsletter took top honors in awards that represent the finest examples of communication efforts from agricultural agents nationwide.” The newsletter earned kudos for its timely information, intuitive layout, engaging tone, and appealing design. On July 14, Ploehn will attend the Communications Awards Luncheon at the NACAA Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference in Sioux Falls, S.D., to receive the award. The newsletter has now gained much popularity and will be distributed throughout Indiana!

View the .pdf file here Garden Thyme Vol 1, Issue 5.

For more Extension news, visit their website

Ask a Master Gardener at Earth Day

April 18 – Join us at the Earth Day Celebration at the Porter County Expo Center! Be sure to visit our Ask a Master Gardener booth and enter in a door prize drawing for two tickets to our Garden Walk in June and a basket full of gardening treats. We’ll be on hand to answer questions, and we have a quick and fun gardening project for children. For more information on this wonderful event: Commit to Green in 2015!

Photography Contest Winners – 2015 Gardening Show

Best In Show – Jim Rettker

Flowers Alone

1st Sandra Teutemacher

2nd Brandy Varga

3rd James Schmitt

 

Flowers Alone

1st James Schmitt

2nd Mille Kobe

3rd Gayle Brandt

Flowers & Something Else 

1st Dennis Gray

2nd Thomas Varga

3rd Emily Casella

Garden in All Seasons

1st Linda S. Cunningham

2nd Steve Bensing

3rd Sandy Appleby

Bugs and Insects

1st Beverly Zmigrocki

2nd Lee B. Devine

3rd Sue Stymiest

Birds

1st Michael Kobe

2nd Lee B. Devine

3rd Bob Wright

Fruits and Vegetables

1st Nancy Rosene

2nd Thomas Varga

3rd Norma Goodsell

Butterflies in the Garden

1st Beverly Zmigrocki

2nd Sandy Appleby

3rd Sharon Allen

Fungus

1st Gayle Brandt

2nd Debbie Teeuws

3rd Peggy Carter

Wildlife in the Garden

1st Jim Rettker

2nd Brandy Banks

3rd Joanne Maria Schutz SSCM

Mail Order Gardening Springs To Life

The Times newspaper posted an article featuring our own Porter County Master Gardener, Carol Prybell.  The article was posted on nwitimes.com here.

 

If any of our Porter County Master Gardeners are interested in participating in media requests, such as this, please contact us here and we will provide contact information for Publicity & Promotion committee.

Press for Gardening Show Photo Contest

This article about the Photo Contest at our annual Gardening Show appeared in The Times newspaper on January 4th.  Click HERE to be directed to the article on nwitimes.com.

 

VALPARAISO | Purdue University Cooperative Extension and its Porter County master gardeners will host a photo contest. Entries will be displayed at the 12th annual Gardening Show on Jan. 24 at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road.Photographs may be mailed to Purdue University Cooperative Extension, Suite 301, 155 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, IN 46383, or delivered on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. All entries are due on or before Jan. 20. Limit of three photographs per person. Nine categories include pictures of gardens in all seasons, flowers alone, flowers with something else (e.g., trellis, statue), bugs and insects, butterflies, birds, wildlife, fungus or fruits and vegetables in the garden.

Photographs will be judged on technical characteristics, content and subject matter, composition and aesthetic value. First place award of $5 given for each category. Best of Show will receive $100 gift card from Framing Concepts Gallery. Decisions of the judges are final.

All photographs are to be 8-inch by 10-inch and mounted on a mounting board. No framed or matted photographs will be accepted, nor photographs with people in them. Name, address, telephone number, and entry category must be printed legibly on the back of each photograph submitted. For information, visit www.pcgarden.info or call (219) 465-3555.

Linda Mapes Receives Outstanding Tree Steward of the Year Award

VALPARAISO | Porter County Master Gardener Linda Mapes, Valparaiso, received the "2014 Outstanding Tree Steward of the Year" award at the 24th Annual Indiana Urban Forest Council (IUFC) fall conference in Indianapolis. IUFC’s mission is to expand and improve Indiana’s urban forests.

Mapes took the Indiana Tree Steward class in Valparaiso in Sept. 2013 and immediately took advantage of volunteer opportunities with the city of Valparaiso’s Shade Brigade, being one of four Tree Stewards in her class to take part in neighborhood tree planting, according to Jim Beversdorf, Porter County Master Gardener Association President.

The neighborhood was so appreciative,” Mapes said. “They made me feel like I contributed much more than I did.”

As a retired teacher, Mapes continues her passion for teaching and was instrumental in developing five Arbor Day 2014 events with IUFC and the Isaac Walton League at Central, Jackson, Brummitt, Liberty Elementary Schools and Discovery Charter Schools. The Isaac Walton League chapter sponsors environmental nights where approximately 15 different organizations share crafts, information and activities. Mapes helped children participate in learning about “Products from Trees,” used several "tree cookies" to explain the age, uses and diseases visible in the samples, did leaf rubbing and leaf ID activities. The children also received a bookmark, “Why We Need Trees.”

In addition, Mapes served as a judge for the Northern Region Arbor Day Poster Contest sponsored by IUFC.

“Linda has done much for the community and children in Valparaiso, all within her first year of becoming a Tree Steward,” Beversdorf said.

The Indiana Tree Steward Program was developed in 1995 by Pam Louks, Department of Natural Resourses (DNR) Forestry division and consists of an 18-hour training course which includes sessions on tree growth and identification; how to select, plant and maintain trees; pruning techniques; assessing risk; diagnosing pest and disease; managing urban woodlots and examining the benefits of the urban forest, according to Indiana’s DNR website. Curriculum can be viewed at www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/2854.htm.

“This is a class that is for any and everyone,” said Carrie Tauscher, Indiana DNR Urban Forester and Volunteer

Coordinator. “You don’t have to be a master gardener or an arborist, just have an interest in learning and trees. The best thing is that everyone will learn something they didn’t know and hopefully will know what to do with that knowledge when the class is over.”

Guest Speaker, Author Andrea Wulf

How Washington, Jefferson and Their Revolutionary Co-conspirators Gave Root to American Horticulture

Please join us on Monday evening, September 29, at 7:00 p.m. as we dig into our American horticultural roots with Andrea Wulf.  Her book, "Founding Gardeners. The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation" was published to great acclaim in spring 2011 and made the New York Times Best Seller List.

To guarantee your seat, and a guest's if you wish, please sign up before Monday, September 15. That's the date we'll open this event to non-PCMGA members. This event will be held in the auditorium (think a stage and comfortable tiered seating!) at the Indiana Dunes Center, 1215 North State Road 49, Porter, IN.

Click here to register.

 

Andrea Wulf  

Andrea Wulf was born in India and moved to Germany as a child. She lives in Britain where she trained as a design historian at the Royal College of Art. She is the author of "Founding Gardeners. The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation" published to great acclaim in spring 2011.  She has written for the New York Times, the LA Times, Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times,The Guardian and many others.

She has lectured widely to large audiences and is a three-time fellow of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and was the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence 2013.  "Founding Gardeners" was on the New York Times Best Seller List and praised there as 'illuminating and engrossing'.

Tomato & Potato Woes

Having trouble with your tomatoes?  Does the foliage look wilted with brown lesions?  Septoria Leaf Spot (Septoria lycopersici) might be the culprit.

Are your potato plants looking shabby and brown?  It might be Brown Leaf Spot, caused by the fungus Alternaria alternata.

Tomatoes and potatoes in our community garden plot in Valparaiso have fallen prey to both of these diseases.  Click the links above to learn more about each disease.