Roy Diblik

Roy Diblik

VALPARAISO —  Celebrating Our Roots – Growing Our Future, is the theme at the 13th annual Gardening Show on Jan. 23 at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Award-winning keynote speaker Roy Diblik will help visitors revisit the days before they farmed the prairies, and to understand native prairie plants and their relevance and usefulness in today’s gardens.

Diblik is co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington, Wis., specializing in the aesthetic and sustainable, and has 35 years of knowledge in growing traditional and Midwest native perennials. Dr. Frederick Whitford will talk about the land-grant legacy of Purdue.

Seminar Schedule

9:30 a.m.

“Thoughtful Perennial Planting: Designing with the Know Maintenance Approach” with Roy Diblik, keynote speaker, author, Plantsman, garden designer; book sale and signing will follow.

10:30 a.m.

“Indiana Native Trees – Identification and Lore” with John Woodmansee, Purdue University Extension Educator

“The Shirley Heinze Land Trust: Land Preservation, Environmental Education and Using Native Plants” with Kris Krouse, Executive Director & Jim Erdelac, volunteer manager, Shirley Heinze Land Trust

11:30 a.m.

“Coming to Know Plants: Understanding Plant Relationships in the Garden” with Roy Diblik, Author, plantsman, garden designer

“History of Purdue as a Land Grant University” with Dr. Frederick Whitford, Purdue University Clinical Engagement Professor, author, speaker

Book sale and signing will follow.

12:30 p.m.

“Peonies: Exotic Plants for Midwest Gardens” with Jean Starr, author, speaker, blogger

“Fearless Food Gardening for Beginners” with LaManda Joy, author, speaker, founder of Peterson Garden Project

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Book sale and signing will follow.

1:30 p.m.

“Invite a Cardinal to Lunch: Planting Natives is for the Birds” with Victoria Jostes, Master Gardener, Speaker, author

2:30 p.m.

“Growing ‘Old’: Community Gardens & Heirlooms”  with LaManda Joy


9:30 a.m. Janet Magnuson, “Why and When to Fertilize the Lawn”

10 a.m. Lyndsay Ploehn, “Filler, Spiller, Thriller Container Design”

10:30 a.m. Kristine Sandrick, “The Dirt on Soils”

11 a.m. Bev Thevenin, “Winter Seed Sowing”

11:30 a.m. Jim Beversdorf, “Pruning A,B,Cs”


12:30 p.m. Cleave Hayes, Puddingstone Farm, “How to Collect and Grow a Variety of Mosses

1:30 p.m. Don White, Anything Orchids, “The Care and Raising of the Enchanting Orchid”

2:30 p.m. Damien Appel, Native Roots Farm , “Edible Perennials and Self-Seeding Annuals – Why Doesn’t Everyone Grow These?”

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