CROWN POINT | The Lake County Master Gardeners added 31 new interns to its membership recently with a celebration at St. Elijah Church Hall.
The new interns include a diverse range of people - from teachers and clock makers to retirees – all with a love of gardening. After completing an extensive seven-week course covering topics ranging from soil and plant nutrition, plant diseases, proper use of pesticides to turf grass management and landscape planning, the class now becomes Master Gardeners after completing 35 hours of volunteer work with the Lake County Master Gardeners program.
Part of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, LCMG provides the citizens of Lake County a chance to grow by offering information and technical assistance in the areas of gardening and home horticulture.
The new interns have the opportunity to volunteer with projects to help beautify and educate resident gardens in Lake County as well as maintain flower beds at the Lake County Government Complex, Lake County Fairgrounds, Buckley Homestead County Park and Tri-Town Safety Village, working with Habitat for Humanity, answering questions at the Master Gardeners’ Booth at the Lake County Fair and the Master Gardeners Help Line (open May through September).
Call (219) 755-3240 with gardening questions and for information on how to become involved in the Lake County Master Gardeners Program.
A symposium, “A Gardening Symphony,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at Avalon Manor, 3550 E. U.S. 30, Hobart, with guest speakers Mike Nowak, Ken Schoon, Richard Eyre and Jean Starr discussing conifer landscaping, fall plant color, and city trees. The symposium includes a luncheon. Registration forms are at The Artful Garden, The Secret Shed, and the Purdue Extension Office through Saturday, with a fee of $35. Door prizes, giveaways, vendors, and books offer an opportunity to increase gardening knowledge. For more information, call Diana Cook at (219) 755-3240.