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].
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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

Loving the iris color parade. And oooh la la the peonies, columbines, heucherella, and amazing Lady Slippers. What’s mak...
05/28/2020

Loving the iris color parade. And oooh la la the peonies, columbines, heucherella, and amazing Lady Slippers. What’s making a splash of color in your garden? Please share your virtual garden walk with us.

Coffee Creek Farmers Market is open today (Wednesday) from 3-7 PM. Also free seeds from PCMGA (while supplies last!).  B...
05/27/2020

Coffee Creek Farmers Market is open today (Wednesday) from 3-7 PM. Also free seeds from PCMGA (while supplies last!). Be safe, be well!!! Please read below for safety procedures.

Today Is The Day!

A spring afternoon awaits us at the Coffee Creek Watershed!

Come see your favorite vendors: Native Roots Farm, The Rolling Stonebaker, Anna’s Kombucha Cafe, We’re Growing Crazy/H & H Flowers, House of Rufus, Laird Farm, Rensselaer, Indiana, Fairstream Farms, Bao's Pastry and Lanes End Farm for vegetables, plants, herbs, bread, meats, soaps, kombucha, pizza, sweets, and more!

Also, the Market Tent will be giving away free seeds from the Porter County Master Gardeners!
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Remember!
Market Safety Procedures:

-Market Limited to 50 Customers at One Time
-Customers Must Maintain 6 Feet of Distance
-Vendors Must Check Out One Customer at a Time
-Hand Sanitizer is Located at the Market Tent for All to Use
-Customers are NOT Allowed To Touch Products.
-Follow Markers on Pavement to Shop with Each Vendor
-Vendors/ Customers Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms will Be Asked To Leave
-Masks are encouraged.
-Be Nice. Be Respectful. Be Appreciative.

We've had Janet Macunovich speak several times at PCMGA events, and she is widely acclaimed as an amazing gardening spea...
05/20/2020

We've had Janet Macunovich speak several times at PCMGA events, and she is widely acclaimed as an amazing gardening speaker, with a real passion for looking at the roots! Here's a terrific opportunity with LaPorte County Master Gardeners and Janet via Zoom on June 4! Click for the details! https://www.pcgarden.info/macunovich-zoom-june-4/

How’s your garden growing? Tree peony is in bloom; baby zinnias are up; mulch is pink under the redbud; iris ready to po...
05/20/2020

How’s your garden growing? Tree peony is in bloom; baby zinnias are up; mulch is pink under the redbud; iris ready to pop.

Our annual Garden Walk has been rescheduled for next year on June 26, 2021. We will miss not having this incredible even...
05/16/2020

Our annual Garden Walk has been rescheduled for next year on June 26, 2021. We will miss not having this incredible event in 2020, for sure. Read our latest email here: https://conta.cc/3bCfcvS

05/08/2020

Freeze warning tonight!! The weather forecast predicts below freezing temperatures this evening. Flowers, hanging baskets, and tender perennials will suffer damage or die if they are left outside.

Bring your flowers into the garage or house to protect them.

If they are planted in the ground already, a blanket to cover over them may help. But they may still suffer damage or die.

We'd love to hear from you and see what's happening in YOUR garden! Post a picture in the comments or on our page!
05/06/2020

We'd love to hear from you and see what's happening in YOUR garden! Post a picture in the comments or on our page!

The latest issue of Garden Thyme is here! Hummingbirds, tomato talk, how master gardeners are battling the quarantine, m...
05/02/2020

The latest issue of Garden Thyme is here! Hummingbirds, tomato talk, how master gardeners are battling the quarantine, much more! https://www.pcgarden.info/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Vol-6-Issue-3-Garden-Thyme-May-2020.pdf

Map of 2020 hummingbird migration and sightings in the US and Canada!
05/02/2020
2020 Hummingbird Migration Map

Map of 2020 hummingbird migration and sightings in the US and Canada!

Map of 2020 hummingbird migration and sightings in the United States and Canada.

Porter County Compost Sites will reopen starting Monday, May 4. Please read the details before going! Sites are availabl...
04/30/2020
Compost Sites - Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction

Porter County Compost Sites will reopen starting Monday, May 4. Please read the details before going! Sites are available to Porter County residents for getting mulch, compost and firewood and also for dropping off yard waste. https://www.portercountyrecycling.org/compost-sites/

In 2018, compost site visits totaled 24,949. Operating costs totaled $198,247 and includes staff and also material management of non-public sites: Chesterton, Portage (non-public in 2018) & Town of Pines.

A friend sent this picture of her Rose of Sharon branch, questioning what was on it. Good news. It’s lichen and harmless...
04/25/2020

A friend sent this picture of her Rose of Sharon branch, questioning what was on it. Good news. It’s lichen and harmless.

I can totally relate to this sign. Like these tulips purchased from a granddaughter’s school fundraiser over 10 years ag...
04/25/2020

I can totally relate to this sign. Like these tulips purchased from a granddaughter’s school fundraiser over 10 years ago. Or this gift of Annabelle hydrangeas from my sister or the Autumn sedum and Better Boy tomato plant from fellow master gardeners. Everything comes with memories attached. How about you?

Here's an opportunity to watch a free online premier documentary of the Gardens of Piet Oudolf Digital Premier: The Gard...
04/24/2020

Here's an opportunity to watch a free online premier documentary of the Gardens of Piet Oudolf

Digital Premier: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf
Watch exclusively this weekend only, Friday 24 April – Sunday 26 April 2020

The documentary film focuses on the work of landscape and garden designer Piet Oudolf and his work on gardens including New York’s High Line, the Lurie Gardens in Chicago’s Millennium Park and Hauser and Wirth’s own garden in Bruton, Somerset.

https://www.hauserwirth.com/stories/28405-five-seasons-gardens-piet-oudolf

Did you know? Lilies are Poisonous to Cats! Lilies are lovely, but cat owners need to beware of their potential deadline...
04/06/2020

Did you know? Lilies are Poisonous to Cats! Lilies are lovely, but cat owners need to beware of their potential deadliness should their feline companions eat parts of the plant. Which lily plants are dangerous? “True” lilies (Lilium species) and “daylilies” (Hemerocallis species). Which parts of lily plants are dangerous? The entire lily plant is toxic to cats: the stem, leaves, flowers, pollen, and even the water in a vase! A small portion of a leaf or flower, licking pollen grains off its fur while grooming, or even drinking the water from the vase can potentially cause fatal kidney failure in your cat within a few days. The poison only affects cats. Dogs eating lilies may have minor GI irritation but they don’t develop kidney failure. https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/animal-health-literacy/lovely-lilies-and-curious-cats-dangerous-combination

How is your garden growing? A lovely day to check things out.
04/03/2020

How is your garden growing? A lovely day to check things out.

NOTICE: The Porter County Extension Office is closed through the end of March. Anyone who has a grant application can st...
03/17/2020

NOTICE: The Porter County Extension Office is closed through the end of March. Anyone who has a grant application can still mail it into the extension office, but they cannot be dropped off in person at this time. Applications mailed in now and postmarked by March 27 will still be considered. We ask your understanding during this challenging time.

The deadline has been extended until March 27 for applying for PCMGA grants, scholarships and donations! You can read our press release here:https://www.pcgarden.info/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Philanthropy-PRESS-RELEASE.pdf

The deadline has been extended until March 27 for applying for PCMGA grants, scholarships and donations! You can read ou...
03/17/2020

The deadline has been extended until March 27 for applying for PCMGA grants, scholarships and donations! You can read our press release here:https://www.pcgarden.info/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Philanthropy-PRESS-RELEASE.pdf

03/03/2020
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Enjoy the March edition of Garden Thyme!https://www.pcgarden.info/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Vol-6-Issue-2-Garden-Thyme-Newsletter-March-2020.pdf

Here's a great photo from Gardening Show 2020 showing a glimpse of the famous seed exchange! We are thinking Spring!
02/26/2020

Here's a great photo from Gardening Show 2020 showing a glimpse of the famous seed exchange! We are thinking Spring!

02/25/2020

We Need You for Garden Walk 2020!
Porter County Master Gardeners are looking for Garden enthusiasts to share their gardens with the community. This year’s Garden Walk is Saturday, June 27 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Garden Walk attendees love to see what their neighbors are doing with landscaping, plant selection, growing tips, sustainability, and good old trial and error. The sharing of ideas is the biggest draw for attendees.
Be part of the generous group of Porter County residents that make up Garden Walk. Contact us at [email protected]. You’ll be glad you did.

01/26/2020

What an amazing day! We had a wonderful turnout and we saw so many smiling faces! We hope all that went enjoyed the show! We don't have the final attendance numbers in yet, but we do know lots and lots of people were there.

The five $100 prize winners are Mary Davis, Bruce Holt, Kristin Holler, Jay Tudor, and Carol Scherf.

The lucky winner of the incredible garden fountain, bird bath and bird feeder, donated by Chesterton Feed & Garden, is Jaden Cole.

Congratulations to the winners, thanks to our absolutely tremendous volunteers, and thanks for your wonderful support!

We're open for business! Roads are wet but just fine. We are getting ready to listen to Janet Macunovich! Gardening Show...
01/25/2020

We're open for business! Roads are wet but just fine. We are getting ready to listen to Janet Macunovich! Gardening Show today until 4 PM!

Porter County Master Gardeners
01/25/2020

Porter County Master Gardeners

We're just about ready for the 16th Annual Gardening Show! Tomorrow at Porter County Expo!! 8am to 4pm, $10 cash/check! It's going to be terrific!! Details at www.pcgarden.info/gardening-show!

We're just about ready for the 16th Annual Gardening Show! Tomorrow at Porter County Expo!! 8am to 4pm, $10 cash/check! ...
01/25/2020

We're just about ready for the 16th Annual Gardening Show! Tomorrow at Porter County Expo!! 8am to 4pm, $10 cash/check! It's going to be terrific!! Details at www.pcgarden.info/gardening-show!

Coming to the Gardening Show this Saturday? You'll have a chance to win this gorgeous fountain from Chesterton Feed & Ga...
01/24/2020

Coming to the Gardening Show this Saturday? You'll have a chance to win this gorgeous fountain from Chesterton Feed & Garden Center if you participate in the $1 raffle! There's more to go with it too! So much to see and do at the show! Visit www.pcgarden.info/gardening-show for all the details! We can't wait!

Join us at 9am this Saturday, Jan. 25 to hear Janet Macunovich speaking on Best Foot Forward: Ideas on Entry Gardens! Ja...
01/22/2020

Join us at 9am this Saturday, Jan. 25 to hear Janet Macunovich speaking on Best Foot Forward: Ideas on Entry Gardens! Janet is a dynamic presenter who has gardened professionally since 1981. She enjoys helping others learn to grow through her many books and articles. Lots more info about this Saturday's Show at www.pcgarden.info/gardening-show!

Spectatular Spectacles Challenge! In keeping with our theme, 2020 Vision for Your Garden, we’re partnering with the Valp...
01/22/2020

Spectatular Spectacles Challenge! In keeping with our theme, 2020 Vision for Your Garden, we’re partnering with the Valparaiso Lions Club to collect used eyeglasses for those in need. Bring old prescription eyeglasses and readers to the Show this Saturday; we’ll double the value of your gift by matching it one-to-one for the first 200 pairs! If you don’t have or wear glasses, collect them from friends and family and gift theirs. (No sunglasses or cases, please.) Here's more info on how your glasses will be used: https://www.pcgarden.info/why-recycle-pamphlet/

Thanks to NWI Times for covering our 16th Annual Gardening Show coming up this Saturday, January 25, 2020! Everyone is w...
01/20/2020
SPEROS A. BATISTATOS: Gardening show to be presented in Region

Thanks to NWI Times for covering our 16th Annual Gardening Show coming up this Saturday, January 25, 2020! Everyone is welcome, kids too! (kids under 12 are free and there are free kids activities!). The cost is $10 cash or check, at the door only, no presale tickets.Of course, lots more details at www.pcgarden.info/gardening-show

The 16th annual Gardening Show is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Porter County Expo Center. Tickets are $10/adults and children under 12 are free.

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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I was at your fabulous show !! I’m looking to see if anybody has info on Perry’s Elephant Ears. I tried to email , no luck . If someone has number that you can share that would be fantastic! Thanks!!!!!!
I had a fabulous day at the show!! Great job.☺️
I have a friend asking What Is ?This Any Ideas?
If anyone has bleeding heart plants that they would like to trade, hit me up.
If anyone in the Porter county area has been working with Mason Bees I'd love to hear from them. I want to learn from them and possibly get some bee cocoons for this coming spring. Thanks, df
Can anyone use a very sweet, baby American Beech? About 16" tall. From Woody Warehouse Nursery, Lizton, In. Free to a good home. I will deliver in Porter County.
Is there some sort of fungus in Porter County that is killing trees, in particular smaller trees? I have two trees that are dying and I have begun to notice other trees on west end of Porter County that look like they are dying as well. Mine is non fruit bearing plum and rose of sharon. I also have long needled pine tree that is dying too. Help?????
https://extension.purdue.edu/porter/Pages/article.aspx?intItemID=13221 Fall 2017 Master Gardener Course runs September 5th through December 19, 2017. It will be held at the Porter County Administration Center, Room 102A from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM.