La Porte County Master Gardeners SPRING GARDEN SHOW is Saturday, March 16, 2024 at Michigan City High School from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. There will be an all-day Kids Fun Zone and a Kid’s Scavenger Hunt. There will be vendors and food. Admission is $10. Children under 12 are free.
Susan Betz: “Magical Moons & Seasonal Cycles: Garden Phenology”
9:00 am – 10:00 am.
Susan Betz has been actively involved in growing and using herbs to educate the public about gardening and the natural world for over 35 years.
She is an Honorary Master Gardener, a member of the International Herb Association, Garden Communicators, the Ecological Landscape Alliance and National Garden Bureau Susan is a life member of the Herb Society of America and received The Society’s Helen D. Conway Little Medal of Honor in 2018. She is a charter member of HSA’s Native Herb Conservation committee, the Society’s sustainable garden initiative.
Susan currently serves on HSA’s Notable Native Herb program and is a contributing author to HSA’s native herb fact sheets published annually. She is the author of Magical Moons & Seasonal Circles, Stepping into the Circle of the Seasons & Neighboring with Nature/Native Herbs for Pleasure and Purpose and Herbal Houseplants, Grow beautiful herbs -Indoors.
Jack Pizzo – “Planting for Pollinators”
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Jack Pizzo, MS, PLA, ASLA, ICN is founder and principal of The Pizzo Group of companies.
Jack leads a team of talented landscape architects, ecologists, consultants, contracting, and nursery professionals working throughout the US to create and manage sustainable landscapes as well as create and restore ecosystems. He also serves on the boards of conservation organizations and prescribed fire groups.
The Pizzo Group team has garnered over 160 industry awards for their work. He is an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
We have all heard the buzz about “Nature.” Let’s just cut through the fluff and get to the heart of why it is good for all and good business
Dr. Spencer Cortwright – 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
“The Gem of Chicago Wilderness: Ecology & Restoration of the Greatest (a Great) Ecological Area in the U.S.”
Spencer Cortwright was raised near, but not in, the Brookfield Zoo. He studied ecology at Washington University in St. Louis and further pursed these studies resulting in a PhD from Indiana University. Further training as a post-doctoral scholar was performed at the University of Michigan. Spencer has been teaching ecology, restoration ecology, and zoology at Indiana University Northwest since 1992. Spencer studied amphibian ecology for over a quarter of a century and now has studied and performed restoration ecology for nearly a quarter century!
The ecological value of any natural area is largely determined by the number of different plant species living there. This results because the greater the variety of plants can support a greater variety of animals and other life forms. It turns out that the Chicago area is one of the most botanically diverse areas of the U. S. even though it has 9.5 million people and no mountains that allow for greater diversity of plants! This presentation richly illustrates how it came to be that our area is so diverse, features of many of our natural habitats, and needs that are essential to maintain and restore this impressive diversity.
Dolly Foster: “The Time is Now to Begin a Butterfly Habitat in Your Garden”
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Dolly Foster has been a Master Gardener for 24 years, an Indiana Accredited Horticulturist for 21 and a Certified Arborist since 2008.
For the past 24 years, Dolly has been presenting lectures on many gardening topics. She spent two years as an adjunct faculty member of the Joliet Junior College Agriculture/ Horticulture Department and 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 her to raising monarch and swallowtail butterflies for 16 years. Her garden at home has been a Monarch Waystation since 2011. Dolly also designed and managed the Oak Lawn Community Garden.
Now more than ever butterflies need our help to thrive.
Her home gardens stand as bridges from one natural habitat to the next. So, the time is now to begin a butterfly habitat in your garden! More pollinator gardens, even small ones, will provide them a larger ranging area to feed.
Learn the best native butterfly attracting plants and how to plan your garden to provide food, cover and host plants for caterpillars. Learn about what butterflies are common to this area and the plants they need. The caterpillar/butterfly life cycle is also an integral part of planning a butterfly garden and will be covered. Join a new conservation movement! Raising caterpillars at home will also be discussed briefly.
Garden Show Seed and Bulb List
Founded in 1998, the purpose of the LaPorte County Extension Master Gardeners Association, a non-profit organization, is to promote the art, science, education and pleasure of gardening in the Community, in cooperation with Purdue Extension, LaPorte County, Indiana.
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