The 6th Annual Spring Gardening Symposium presented by Purdue Master Gardeners of LaGrange County will be held from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, in the Community Building on the 4-H Fairgrounds in LaGrange.
The theme for this year’s symposium is “Gardening on the Fringes: Unique Plants for Your Garden.”
“Flower Arranging,” a make and take session led by Jim Lewis, will open the symposium. Lewisis a Purdue Gold Level Master Gardener from LaGrange County and is actively involved with Young Sprouts, a Junior Master Gardener program at Prairie Heights Elementary School. He grows a variety of brambles and is expert in horticultural photography. He brings his experience as a florist to the make and take session.
“Call of the Wild: The New Role of the Home Landscape” featuring Marissa Jones will close the day. Jones is the social media and promotions director and assistant manager with Neuhouser Garden and Gifts. Graduating with a B.S. in public affairs from Indiana-Purdue University, majoring in environmental policy, much of her research included water quality, wetlands, native plants, and agriculture. Continuing to research and test gardening methods has become both a hobby and passion personally, but she also enjoys sharing those experiences with fellow gardeners. Using her own backyard as a “test” garden, she helped design and install her own organic vegetable garden in downtown Ft. Wayne. Combining a variety of techniques such as raised beds, composting, and companion planting (using annuals, herbs, and vegetables along with native plants and ornamentals), she works to promote an outdoor living space that is aesthetically pleasing while also encouraging a healthy ecosystem in her backyard.
In addition to the presentations by Lewis and Jones, the day’s program includes “Basic Landscape Design” and “Helping Monarchs and Other Butterflies by Gardening.”
Area vendors will be on hand with a variety of garden-related products and services. Door prizes provided by local businesses will be awarded throughout the day.
Registration fee for the day includes morning refreshments, lunch, and make-and-take supplies. Registration deadline is March 9.
Program flyers including reservation forms are available at the Purdue Extension office in the County Office Building at 114 W. Michigan St. in LaGrange or online at www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/lagrange under “Hot Topics.”
Anyone interested in reserving a vendor booth should contact Maxine Troyer at 260-768-4231 or Max.Troyer@hubbard feeds.com.