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Spring Symposium dishes on ‘Wild Edibles’


Julie Diehm will be “Dishing about Dandelions and Other Wild Delights” 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 Fairgrounds.

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

Diehm grew up on and still lives on a small farm in LaGrange County. She learned early from her parents how to prepare and use many wild foods and her interest in and knowledge of that subject grew over the years. She is a Purdue Advanced Master Gardener and Advanced Master Naturalist with IDNR. She teaches people of all ages about wild edibles, including what she calls “volunteer vegetables.”  Diehm is a natural resource tech and lab manager with Sustainable Natural Resources Technologies. Several of her dishes will be included on the symposium’s lunch menu.             

In addition to Diehm’s presentation, the day’s programs include “Determining the Right Water Garden for You,” “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 LaGrange County Office Building, 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.