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Garden Show Announces Speaker Line UP

Porter County Master Gardeners announced these topics and speakers at the 18th Annual Gardening Show on Saturday, January 20, 2024. We look forward to giving you an enthusiastic welcome at the Show!

We want to emphasize how thrilled we are to be able to get together again and increase our knowledge about growing things. We invite you to join us to learn and to grow. There will be seminars in the Main Hall and demonstrations in The Happening Place throughout the day.

Our seminars format has been revised to provide less time waiting in line and more time for answers to your questions. Here’s what to look forward to:

Seminars

9:00 a.m.

A Truly Green Lawn: Alternatives to Fertilizers & Pesticides in Turf
Justin Curley, Purdue Extension Educator – Delaware County

10:30 a.m.

Spring!
Galen Gates, Chicago Botanic Garden Emeritus and Landscape Garden Consultant.

12:00 Noon

How to Become a Better Gardener Faster
Scott Beuerlein, Manager of Botanical Garden Outreach at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

1:30 p.m.

Pollinator Gardening for Small Spaces
Dolly Foster, Landscape Horticulturist, Advanced Master Gardener,

 

Demonstrations

10:00 a.m.

Herbs, Not Just for Cooking!
Lisa Barton

11:00 a.m.

Vegetable Gardens From the Ground Up
Melissa Mills, Advanced Master Gardener and
Outdoor Educator with the Dunes Learning Center

1:00 p.m.

Repotting: Keeping Your Plants Forever
Nikky Witkowski, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Porter County

2:00 p.m.

Creating Garden Art Using Hypertufa
Robert Goin

 

 

 
Galen Gates
 

Galen Gates

Galen Gates has been instrumental in designing, establishing, and maintaining the Chicago Botanic Garden’s (CBG) 27 display gardens, four extensive natural areas, and environmentally improving its nine-acre lake system. He is a plant explorer who has collected and studied plants on 25 trips and expeditions to 20 countries. As Adjunct Professor for the Illinois Institute of Technology, he helped establish the only Masters of Landscape Architecture program in this Upper Midwest region. He has contributed to nearly 100 books, authored over 50 journal articles, and addressed university audiences world-wide.

About his “Spring” seminar, Galen says: “One season likely brings more joy to gardeners than all others. As the winter’s grey, wool blanket is lifted from the Upper Midwest skies, a stirring takes place in us. We hunger for the resurrection of plant life and cherish the colors and fragrance that can greet us.” He will share his favorite spring jewels and ways to use them to maximize your enjoyment.

 

 

 
 
Dolly Swibes Foster
 

Dolly Swibes Foster

Dolly Foster, Landscape Horticulturist, has been a Master Gardener for 24 years, an Indiana Accredited Horticulturist for 21 and a Certified Arborist since 2008. For the past 23 years, she has been presenting lectures on many gardening topics. She was an adjunct faculty member of the Joliet Junior College Agriculture/ Horticulture Department and served 18 years in the Parks and Recreation industry as staff horticulturist for two park districts. She has been butterfly gardening from the very beginning of her gardening career. Her passion has led to raising monarch and swallowtail butterflies for over 15 years. Her home garden has been a Monarch Waystation since 2011.

It’s no wonder her topic for the Show is . . . Pollinator Gardening! Here’s a synopsis: A pollinator garden in a smaller suburban landscape can be a productive feeding station for many species of pollinating insects and hummingbirds. Insects and hummingbirds range across large areas in search of food. Any pollinator plants will be helpful to them. The more pollinator gardens we have – even small ones – will provide them  a larger feeding area. In this lecture you will learn to identify a variety of pollinators and the plants needed to attract them to your garden.

 
 
Justin Curley
 

Justin Curley

Justin Curley is the Purdue Extension Educator for Delaware County, Indiana. A graduate of Penn State University, he spent nearly 15 years working in all facets of the turfgrass industry including professional sports turf, golf courses, and home and commercial landscapes. Curley is a turf expert with Purdue Extension and conducts lawn and turf programming throughout the region. His current passion is teaching people that it is possible to have a quality lawn without using pesticides and synthetic fertilizers!

In his seminar, Justin will explain how to have a thriving lawn by optimizing turfgrass health through cultural practices and explore practical organic alternatives to the typical home lawn-care regimen. You can expect to learn what is and is not possible using organic lawn-care methods. He will talk frankly about “organic weed control” methods such as vinegar and boiling water.  He will encourage you to evaluate how you use your lawn and whether there may be other uses for that space.

 
 
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Scott Beuerlein

Scott Beuerlein is the Manager of Botanical Garden Outreach at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden where he is heavily involved in running the Zoo’s Botanical Garden educational programs and various plant trials. A graduate of Xavier University with a BA in Communications, he is also an ISA Certified Arborist and an ONLA Landscape Technician.

Scott has won numerous awards as a garden communicator and published hundreds of articles and columns on gardens and gardening. Currently, he is a Partner in the Garden Rant blog site and posts there regularly. Scott also authors the Deep Roots and Garden Views columns for Horticulture Magazine.

In 2023, Scott was the keynote speaker at the International Master Gardener Conference in Overland Park, KS. At his seminar, you can expect to find out “How to Become a Better Gardener Faster” while being thoroughly entertained.

 

 
 
Melissa Mills
 

Melissa Mills

Melissa Mills is an Outdoor Educator with Dunes Learning Center and has been a Master Gardener since spring, 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Environmental Studies and thrives on sharing her love of the outdoors with others. Over the last 15 years, her garden has expanded from vegetables to flowers to a variety of houseplants.

During her demonstration at the Gardening Show, you will learn what it takes to produce a successful vegetable garden.

 
 
Lisa Barton
 

Lisa Barton

Lisa Barton’s interest in herbs and natural medicine began 15 years ago. Since then, her study of herbs and her gardening experiments with them have continued to develop. She is currently studying the science and art of herbalism with Rosemary Gladstar. At her demonstration, you will learn there’s more to herbs than just cooking.

 

 

 
 
Nikky Witkowski
 

Nikky Witkowski

Nikky Witkowski is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator in Porter County. She has been with Purdue Extension for 16 years and has learned a lot during that time. She has been interested in gardening since helping her dad with the vegetable and fruit plants in their home garden. She went to Purdue University where she studied primarily in the Horticulture department. There she worked with fruit specialist, Dr. Peter Hirst, on apple research, grafting and fruit production.

 
 
Robert Goin
 

Robert Goin

Robert Goin is semi-retired and became interested in gardening four years ago. He says he fell in love with gardening as he watched the plants he had nurtured produce masses of flowers, fruits and vegetables. His garden is always a work in progress, changing and transforming, but never boring.

Robert has been creating garden art using hypertufa for two years and uses his creations as accents throughout his garden in Chesterton. He has also made and donated some of his work to VNA Hospice in Valparaiso and is excited to share how he does it at our gardening show.

 
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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.