Gardeners spruce up Vising Nurse Association hospice center

Judy Engle and Jim Albers tend flower beds in Porter County.

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.

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