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Native plantings topic of spring symposium

Native plantings will be a featured topic at the 8th Annual Spring Symposium presented by Purdue Master Gardeners of LaGrange County from 8 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, in the Shipshewana Event Center at 760 South VanBuren Street in Shipshewana.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “March Into Spring 2014.”

Marjorie Hershman will look into native landscaping and details on native plant propagation. She is an interpretive naturalist at Pokagon State Park and has worked with the park for six years. She graduated from Purdue University in 2011 with a Natural Resource Environmental Science Degree.

In addition to Hershman’s presentation, the day’s program also includes “Herbs and Aromatherapy,” “Organic Gardening,” and “Bee” Informed.”

Area vendors will be on hand with a variety of products and services, and a silent auction will also be featured with a variety of items waiting for bids. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

Registration fee for the day includes morning refreshments and lunch. The registration deadline is March 15. Program flyers including reservation forms are available via e-mail by request to or at Purdue Extension, County Office Building, 114 W. Michigan St., LaGrange, IN 46761, 260-499-6334.

Anyone interested in being a vendor should contact Maxine Troyer at 260-768-4231 or