CROWN POINT | The Lake County Master Gardeners added 31 new interns to their membership at the end of July with a celebration at St. Elijah’s reception hall in Crown Point. The new interns include a diverse range of people from teachers and clock makers to retirees – all with common thread, the 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 of 32 is now becomes eligible as Master Gardeners after completing thirty-five hours of volunteer work with the Lake County Master Gardeners’ program.
Lake County Master Gardeners, an integral part of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service provides the citizens of Lake County a chance to grow by offering information and technical assistance in the areas of gardening and home horticulture through the use of trained and certified volunteers.
The new interns will complete their volunteering with projects the Lake County Master Gardeners presently work with 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 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 between May – September for questions from homeowners. You may call 219-755-3240 with your gardening questions and for information on how to become involved in the Lake County Master Gardeners Program.
This month the fair takes precedence at the south end of the Flower Building at the fairgrounds with bulb, seeds, and plants on sale for no more than a dollar. Along with Master Gardener plants, Elzinga’s Farm and Nursery have donated numerous plant varieties for fairgoers to purchase from 10 am to 9 pm August 2-11.
On August 14 at 6:30 pm, MGs Bill and Jennifer Tobin present “Gardening without Harmful Chemicals” at the Munster Library. You may pre-register at 219-836-8450. On August 15, 6:30 pm at the Highland Library, MG Diane Fruth, Library Series Coordinator, discusses “Beneficial Bugs and Wonderful Weeds.”
In addition, you may want to attend a symposium called “A Gardening Symphony” on September 28 from 9am- 2pm at Avalon Manor 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 from the LCMGA. P
re-registration forms at The Artful Garden, The Secret Shed, and the Purdue Extension Office until September 10 give you a chance to attend for $25. From September 11 until September 21 pre-registration will cost $35 for the event. Door prizes, giveaways, vendors, and books offer an opportunity to increase your gardening knowledge.
For more information call Diana Cook at 219-755-3240.