VALPARAISO — A team of Porter County master gardeners gathered to spruce up the gardens at Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Center. The center garden is a continuing project led by advanced master gardener Martha Seroczynski, and funded yearly by a $250 community grant from the Porter County Master Gardeners Association.
Since 2005, the association has given more than $45,000 in gifts and grants to organizations in and around Porter County.
In addition to the VNA, 2016 grant recipients are:
$500 Community Service Award:
Independent Cat Society Rainbow Bridge Butterfly Garden
Roberta Jocius Morgan Township Middle School Teaching Garden – Matt Wellsand
Habitat for Humanity – Maureen Mellow
$250 Edible Garden Grant: St. John’s United Church Community Garden – Pat Jackson
Portage Township Bonner Senior Center Community Garden – Janet Clem
Ogden Dunes Community Garden – Jenifer Wilson
Safe Harbor Horticulture/Junior Master Gardener Lake Hills Project – John Tiedeman
Safe Harbor Horticulture/Junior Master Gardener Joy School Project – John Tiedeman
Banta Senior Center Garden – Julie Collins
$250 Community Grant:
American Legion Post 502 Soldiers Cross Memorial – Frank VanAutreve
American Legion Post 502 Turkey Shoot Building – Frank VanAutreve
American Legion Post 94 Willows Nursing Home– Joe Kusiak
Duneland Family YMCA Green Thumb Garden Project – Jenifer Birchfield
Hilltop Children Square-foot Gardening – Bob Stoner
In keeping with their goals of community outreach and “helping others grow” the association invites individuals, groups or charitable organizations in and around Porter County to apply for $1,000 scholarships, $500 community service donations, or $250 community grants beginning in January.