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Spring Gardening Symposium announce


Water gardens will be a featured topic at the 7th Annual Spring Gardening Symposium presented by Purdue Master Gardeners of LaGrange County from 8 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, in the 4-H Community Building on the LaGrange County 4-H Fairgrounds in LaGrange.

The theme for this year’s symposium is “DIY Gardening.”

Jason Becker will present “Determining the Right Water Garden for You.”  Becker is the third generation owner of Fashion Farm Inc. in Ligonier, Ind.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Indianapolis and is a certified horticulturalist in the state of Indiana.  He serves as a board member of the Ligonier Trails Association and is very active in the local community. Becker returned to the family business in 2000 and took over the greenhouse side of the business. A few years later he started the landscaping division and added several new greenhouse structures. He has been installing water features for 11 years along with retaining walls and outdoor living spaces. 

In addition to Becker’s presentation, the day’s programs include “Dishing about Dandelions and Other Wild Delights,” “Creating Outdoor Living Spaces with Hardscapes,” and three mini-workshops – “Rain Barrels,” “Preserving Nature’s Bounty,” and “Hanging Baskets.”

Area vendors will be on hand with a variety of garden-related products and services, and a silent auction will feature many items for bid. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. 

The registration fee includes morning refreshments, lunch, and make-and-take supplies.  Registration deadline is March 8.  Program flyers including reservation forms are available via e-mail from mshamp@embarq, online in the “Hot Topics” section of the Purdue Extension LaGrange County website at counties/lagrange or at the Purdue Extension office in the County Office Building at 114 W. Michigan St. in LaGrange.

Anyone interested in being a vendor should contact Rebecca Gump at (260) 341-0531 or e-mail before March 1.