Porter County Master Gardeners

Porter County Master Gardeners www.pcgarden.info Everyone is welcome to our page! We love gardening!
To become a member of the Porter County Master Gardeners, you must have completed the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program. These programs are offered throughout Indiana. Please contact your nearest Indiana Purdue Extension Service for more information, or contact us at [email protected].

Each year we sponsor a Gardening Show in January and a Garden Walk during the summer. Proceeds from these events are used for horticulture scholarships as well as community gardening grants and awards.

Mission: Helping others grow

It's time to Garden Walk! Saturday, June 29 from 9-4, 8 private gardens in and around Valparaiso! Ticket booklets with m...
06/28/2019

It's time to Garden Walk! Saturday, June 29 from 9-4, 8 private gardens in and around Valparaiso! Ticket booklets with map and all location info available at Kmart parking lot (south side) for $10 beginning at 8:30!

These paths are waiting for You!

Chesterton Feed & Garden Center
06/25/2019

Chesterton Feed & Garden Center

The Porter County Master Gardener Garden Walk is one week from today, June 29th! Pick up your tickets here at the store for just $8! 👩‍🌾🌿👩‍🌾🌿


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Buy your tickets now for Garden Walk 2019 on June 29, 2019! Tickets are available at area businesses. Click for all the ...
06/17/2019
Tickets on Sale Now for Garden Walk 2019!

Buy your tickets now for Garden Walk 2019 on June 29, 2019! Tickets are available at area businesses. Click for all the details! You don't want to miss this!

ARBOR ALERT! If you have purchased rhododendrons in the last four weeks from Walmart or Rural King, destroy them, or cal...
06/01/2019

ARBOR ALERT! If you have purchased rhododendrons in the last four weeks from Walmart or Rural King, destroy them, or call 1-866-NO-EXOTIC (663-9684) or the local county extension office at 1-888-EXT-INFO (1-888-398-4636) for instructions. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed more than 70 Walmart stores and 18 Rural King stores in Indiana have received rhododendron plants infected with sudden oak death (SOD), a fungal pathogen that kills oak trees. Please BEWARE and SHARE the message, compliments of Valparaiso's Certified Arborist and team. https://indiananativeplants.org/2019/urgent-notice-rhododendrons-found-to-carry-sudden-oak-death-pathogens/

Happy Memorial Day to all. How are things growing in your garden? Here’s mine: iris, peonies, columbines, lady slippers....
05/27/2019

Happy Memorial Day to all. How are things growing in your garden? Here’s mine: iris, peonies, columbines, lady slippers. Loving seeing the new growth on the Baby Blue Spruce too.

NW Indiana's Premier Garden Walk is June 29th, 2019! Our PCMGA volunteers will be available to answer questions or just ...
05/21/2019
NW Indiana's Premier Garden Walk is June 29th, 2019!

NW Indiana's Premier Garden Walk is June 29th, 2019! Our PCMGA volunteers will be available to answer questions or just talk gardening at each stop! Click to read more...

Garden design ideas to use in your own yard, as well as how to choose perennials that complement shrubbery "bones" and how to incorporate perky annuals for pops of color.

Tonight was the annual evening for the PCMGA to present grant money for worthy garden-related causes. For more informati...
05/09/2019

Tonight was the annual evening for the PCMGA to present grant money for worthy garden-related causes. For more information about the PCMGA Philanthropic grant and scholarship opportunities, visit https://www.pcgarden.info/grants-scholarships/

We can take cues from nature when to plant.  This is called phenology, from the Greek for the science of appearances.  G...
05/06/2019

We can take cues from nature when to plant. This is called phenology, from the Greek for the science of appearances. Gleaned from years of such observations, The Farmer’s Almanac offers these planting tips.

Use a cut straw to keep droopy hellebores upright in bouquets.
04/27/2019

Use a cut straw to keep droopy hellebores upright in bouquets.

It’s a rite of spring—the blue lawns on Garfield in Valpo. Drive by; you’ll be glad you did.
04/11/2019

It’s a rite of spring—the blue lawns on Garfield in Valpo. Drive by; you’ll be glad you did.

Save the date for Porter County's premier Garden Walk on Saturday, June 29, 2019! Updated information will be available ...
03/18/2019

Save the date for Porter County's premier Garden Walk on Saturday, June 29, 2019! Updated information will be available at https://www.pcgarden.info/garden-walk-2019/ so check back often! Advance sale tickets are $8 and day of the walk tickets are $10.

02/17/2019
01/22/2019

It feels kind of funny NOT to be preparing for a Gardening Show this week, but we're still preparing for next year! Save the date: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020!

It will be hard to miss that amazing Gardening Show this January, but because of the Expo Center major renovations, we a...
12/31/2018

It will be hard to miss that amazing Gardening Show this January, but because of the Expo Center major renovations, we are postponing the show until January 25, 2020! See you there! And it will be worth the wait!

Indiana State Department of Agriculture information about establishing a Monarch butterfly habitat...
12/13/2018

Indiana State Department of Agriculture information about establishing a Monarch butterfly habitat...

Interested in establishing a Monarch butterfly habitat? This program can help you get started: https://bit.ly/2ROTWdo

It is always a thrill to congratulate a new GOLD master gardener! Tonight, Marilyn Dyson (left) received that distinguis...
11/14/2018

It is always a thrill to congratulate a new GOLD master gardener! Tonight, Marilyn Dyson (left) received that distinguished recognition from PCMGA President Ann Cierniak (right)! Congratulations, Marilyn!

Congratulations to Ann Cierniak (right) on a job very well done! Ann is our out-going president. And welcome to our in-c...
11/14/2018

Congratulations to Ann Cierniak (right) on a job very well done! Ann is our out-going president. And welcome to our in-coming president
Sue Spelde (left)! We are thankful to have wonderful leadership at PCMGA!

We were so happy to give special recognition to a wonderful supporter of the PCMGA tonight at our annual meeting! We hon...
11/14/2018

We were so happy to give special recognition to a wonderful supporter of the PCMGA tonight at our annual meeting! We honor Chuck Roth of Chesterton Feed & Garden Center for his generous support in promoting the art, science, education & pleasure of gardening in Northwest Indiana. THANK YOU! This award was presented by LuAnn Troxel, chair of the 2018 Annual Gardening Show

Thank you Bill and Brenda Storey for sharing the fruits of your labor, in this case—tomatoes.
09/19/2018

Thank you Bill and Brenda Storey for sharing the fruits of your labor, in this case—tomatoes.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
09/12/2018

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

It’s Pollution Prevention Tuesday!

This week’s tip: Neem oil is a great natural insecticide spray to use on your plants; it comes from seeds of neem trees.

It allows you to target pests, so it’s safe for birds, fish, bees, and other wildlife, when used as directed.

Pesticides often contaminate groundwater and runoff and end up in our rivers, lakes, and oceans. Using a natural alternative helps prevent water pollution!

#NaturalLawnCare #PollutionPrevention #P2Tuesday #LawntoLake

Enjoy this latest edition of Garden Thyme newsletter! https://www.pcgarden.info/wp-content-uploads-2018-09-vol-4-issue-5...
09/05/2018
Garden Thyme, Vol. 4, Issue 5 - pcgarden.info

Enjoy this latest edition of Garden Thyme newsletter! https://www.pcgarden.info/wp-content-uploads-2018-09-vol-4-issue-5-garden-thyme-1-pdfhttps-www-pcgarden-info-attachment_id4603/

Our award-winning Garden Thyme newsletter is now in its 4th year. The newsletter is a bimonthly collaboration between Porter County Purdue Extension Office and Master Gardeners Wilma Willard, Marcia Carson, Suzanna Tudor and guest writers. Read more Please follow and … Read More

Strangest sight: flies choose final resting places on dill. What’s with that?
08/16/2018

Strangest sight: flies choose final resting places on dill. What’s with that?

I marvel at the tenacity of life. A purple coneflower makes its home in the crack of a concrete sidewalk.  A succulent d...
08/11/2018

I marvel at the tenacity of life. A purple coneflower makes its home in the crack of a concrete sidewalk. A succulent devoured by a grasshopper, grows another top!

Visited Walters Gardens today in Zeeland, MI, “proud supplier of Proven Winners.” Fun company, informative tour guide, a...
08/10/2018

Visited Walters Gardens today in Zeeland, MI, “proud supplier of Proven Winners.” Fun company, informative tour guide, and breathtaking views.

We are looking for gardens for the 2019 Garden Walk, which will be held on June 29, 2019. Do you know a garden that woul...
07/30/2018

We are looking for gardens for the 2019 Garden Walk, which will be held on June 29, 2019. Do you know a garden that would be a good candidate? Yours? a neighbor's? Message us on facebook, or visit our website here: https://www.pcgarden.info/garden-walk-2018/

Find us in Expo East! We'll be there every day of the fair from noon to 9!
07/19/2018

Find us in Expo East! We'll be there every day of the fair from noon to 9!

Come visit us in Expo East at the exciting Porter County Fair! We'll have Master Gardeners on hand to answer your questi...
07/19/2018

Come visit us in Expo East at the exciting Porter County Fair! We'll have Master Gardeners on hand to answer your questions that are garden-related, or about the Master Gardener program, or about our wonderful events. We're there every day of the fair from noon to 9 pm!

Find us in Expo East, ask us your gardening questions and we'll do our very best to get you the answers that will help.

Find us in Expo East, ask us your gardening questions and we'll do our very best to get you the answers that will help.
07/19/2018

Find us in Expo East, ask us your gardening questions and we'll do our very best to get you the answers that will help.

Address

155 Indiana Ave, Rm 301
Valparaiso, IN
46383

General information

The Porter County Master Gardeners Association (PCMGA) is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation promoting the art, science, education and pleasure of gardening in cooperation with, and under the auspices of, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service in and around Porter County, Indiana.

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