Category Archives: Nature

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What to do About Brown Grass

Lawn looking pretty sad? Welcome to the club.     Summer can be tough times for otherwise lush lawns. This time of year it’s not uncommon to find lawns with big, brown patches; thin spots, or even grass that looks dead. The Purdue Extension Porter County feels your pain, according to John Nash, Purdue Master…

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Chautauqua in the Dunes

      In the past, Chautauqua has built on the cultural, historical, environmental, economic, political, and religious heritage found here in Northwest Indiana and throughout the Dunes region.      Chautauquas were popular in the late 19th and early 20th century as accessible and participatory educational models. They were fairly common traveling institutions of…

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Hammond Bird Sanctuary

by Carolyn A. Marsh, Site Steward     The Hammond Lakefront Park & Bird Sanctuary, a 600-meter wooded strip of Lakefront fill, lies within a kilometer of the Illinois line on Lake Michigan. A virtual oasis of vegetation within a vast urban sprawl, this site, once well-known simply as “The Migrant Trap,” is flanked to…

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Moisture-Induced Diseases Infect Tomatoes, Blue Spruce

     Spots on tomato leaves may be a sign that recent rains are doing more harm than good in your garden. According to Purdue Extension – Porter County, adequate moisture is necessary but with too much rain, and temperatures and humidity in the high 90s, homeowners have concerns about blight on tomatoes and their…

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Paderewski Statue Dedicated at Friendship Botanic Gardens

   The Irish Garden Committee is excited to officially announce the launch of a new campaign to grow and develop the Irish Heritage Garden at Friendship Botanic Gardens! Join us at a cocktail party from 5:00-7:00pm CDT on Thursday, March 14th, 2019 at Long Beach Country Club. We need your help to build what promises to be…

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Butterfly Monitoring Hike

Come join Stewardship Director, Eric Bird, on a hike through Meadowbrook Nature Preserve to monitor butterflies. Participants will learn the basics of field identification and how you can use your observation skills to be part of the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network and help collect important data about butterfly populations in our region of Indiana.  …

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Friendship Botanic Gardens

        The Friendship Botanic Gardens (a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization) is community treasure, and an oasis of formal gardens and nature trails tucked in an old-growth forest surrounding Trail Creek in Michigan City, Indiana. Each year, they kick off a new, fresh summer season and are excited to introduce a new a slate of…

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Gibson Woods

     Tucked away in the heart of the industrial Region of Northwest Indiana is an island of nature with some very unusual features. This 131-acre parcel of virtually “undisturbed” land is known as Gibson Woods Nature Preserve . . . a Lake County Park.      Gibson Woods is one of the last sizeable…

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Protecting Your Garden from Cold Weather

     Northwest Indiana has experienced an unusually cold Spring. Although Spring is here and gardeners everywhere are itching to get their vegetables planted and ensure their existing perennials bloom, but before you get ahead of yourself, make sure you are aware of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones and frost dates. USDA Plant Hardiness Zones:…

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How To Make Your Northwest Indiana Garden More Patriotic

by Cassie Steele Northwest Indiana is the perfect place to live if you have green fingers. From planned county garden walks to gardening events for children and families, there are lots of cool gardening events to check out – and there are also lots of wonderful native plants that you can grow in your garden. Indiana is…

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