Porter County Master Gardeners

Porter County Master Gardeners www.pcgarden.info Everyone is welcome to our page! We love gardening! Each year we sponsor a Gardening Show in January and a Garden Walk during the summer.
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Proceeds from these events are used for horticulture scholarships as well as community gardening grants and awards.

Announcing the PCMGA Seed Cleaning Dates! Master Gardeners will be gathering at the Valpo Public Library for at least th...
09/30/2023

Announcing the PCMGA Seed Cleaning Dates! Master Gardeners will be gathering at the Valpo Public Library for at least these 5 scheduled dates. All seed cleanings are open to the public! Come, bring some of your seeds for cleaning or just use the ones we will have there. If you have your own seeds, come share them, or donate some for the 18th Annual Gardening Show, and have fun learning and helping! The first date is just around the corner, Thursday, October 5 from 10am-12:30pm.

We'd like to share an update on two of the PCMGA grant recipient projects that were funded in May of this year (read the...
09/20/2023

We'd like to share an update on two of the PCMGA grant recipient projects that were funded in May of this year (read the picture captions.) Thanks to PCMGA member Kristine Sandrick for taking pictures and providing the information! We love supporting these wonderful projects in keeping with our mission to "Help Others Grow!"

It’s thyme for another edition of our newsletter! Big thanks to Master Gardeners special contributors: Sue Arnold, Marga...
09/01/2023

It’s thyme for another edition of our newsletter! Big thanks to Master Gardeners special contributors: Sue Arnold, Margaret Mudd, Janet Magnuson and Hillary Miles.https://www.pcgarden.info/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Vol-9-Issue-5-Garden-Thyme-Sept-2023.pdf

Results from all Porter County Fair Flower & Horticulture contest entries are updated on our website here:https://www.pc...
07/28/2023

Results from all Porter County Fair Flower & Horticulture contest entries are updated on our website here:
https://www.pcgarden.info/porter-co-fair/
Thank you to all participants and congratulations to the winners! Such lovely entries!!

The final 2023 Flower and Horticulture contest at the Porter County Fair can be entered Thursday July 27 from 7-9 am. Yo...
07/26/2023

The final 2023 Flower and Horticulture contest at the Porter County Fair can be entered Thursday July 27 from 7-9 am. You do not have to be a Porter County resident to enter. Please consider participating but definitely read the contest rules!
https://www.pcgarden.info/porter-co-fair/

You have some lovely plants! Why not participate in the Porter County Fair Open Class Flower and Horticulture Contests? ...
07/18/2023

You have some lovely plants! Why not participate in the Porter County Fair Open Class Flower and Horticulture Contests? There are 3 dates: Thursday July 20, Monday July 24, and Thursday July 27. Please read the rules and guidelines! Open to all amateur gardeners; it's not necessary to be a Porter County resident. https://www.pcgarden.info/porter-co-fair/

Garden Thyme newsletter is here! Rain is making our gardens grow and we are excited for green grass again and new bursts...
07/01/2023

Garden Thyme newsletter is here! Rain is making our gardens grow and we are excited for green grass again and new bursts of color.
Thank you to all who contributed to the July 2023 Garden Thyme newsletter! https://www.pcgarden.info/garden-thyme-vol-9-issue-4/

We have many photos of last Saturday's lovely PCMGA Garden Walk 2023 available for viewing on our official Flickr site. ...
06/30/2023

We have many photos of last Saturday's lovely PCMGA Garden Walk 2023 available for viewing on our official Flickr site. We'd especially like to thank our PCMGA volunteer photographers, Nancy Rosene and Melissa Spargur. Enjoy!!! https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcmastergardeners/albums

We want to thank over 600 attendees of our PCMGA Garden Walk 2023! It couldn't happen without you! Thanks to our amazing...
06/25/2023

We want to thank over 600 attendees of our PCMGA Garden Walk 2023! It couldn't happen without you! Thanks to our amazing volunteers and super special thanks to the 7 garden owners that invested so much care in preparing such lovely places for us to see!

Today's the day! PCMGA Garden Walk 2023  from 9-3! Purchase tickets at Cooks Corners Elementary School, 358 Bullseye Lak...
06/24/2023

Today's the day! PCMGA Garden Walk 2023 from 9-3! Purchase tickets at Cooks Corners Elementary School, 358 Bullseye Lake Road, Valparaiso from 8-1:30 for $10. Kids under 12 are free! You don't want to miss these 7 gorgeous gardens!

06/24/2023

Eventbrite ticket sales end tonight! Prize winners will be chosen at 8 PM! Don't delay getting your tickets for Garden Walk 2023! PCgardenwalk2023.eventbrite.com. But of course you can buy tickets Saturday (June 24) in person from 8-1:30 at Cooks Corners Elementary School, 358 Bullseye Lake Road, Valparaiso, IN 46383. This school is just north of Valpo High School on the corner of Campbell and Bullseye Lake Road.

We are really getting excited about Saturday's (June 24) garden walk! Here are just a few pics to encourage you not to m...
06/23/2023

We are really getting excited about Saturday's (June 24) garden walk! Here are just a few pics to encourage you not to miss these seven lovely gardens! Tickets are $10 and available on eventbrite now at this link: Pcgardenwalk2023.eventbrite.com or purchase in person on Saturday at Cooks Corners Elementary School, 358 Bullseye Lake Road, Valparaiso from 8-1:30! More details at https://www.pcgarden.info/garden-walk-2023/!

This Saturday is PCMGA Garden Walk 2023! Buy your $10 tickets on pcgardenwalk2023.eventbrite.com before 8pm Friday and y...
06/20/2023

This Saturday is PCMGA Garden Walk 2023! Buy your $10 tickets on pcgardenwalk2023.eventbrite.com before 8pm Friday and you can win gorgeous prizes like these! But... you can also wait until Saturday and buy tickets at Cooks Corners Elementary School between 8 and 1:30!

This was in the NWITimes today. The Garden Walk is June 24 from 9 AM - 3 PM!
06/14/2023

This was in the NWITimes today. The Garden Walk is June 24 from 9 AM - 3 PM!

The Porter County Master Gardeners Association will host its annual Garden Walk later this month.

Here's more great info about PCMGA Garden Walk 2023 on Saturday, June 24 from 9-3! Tickets only $10, available now on ht...
06/14/2023

Here's more great info about PCMGA Garden Walk 2023 on Saturday, June 24 from 9-3! Tickets only $10, available now on https://pcgardenwalk2023.eventbrite.com/ or on Walk Day at Cooks Corners Elementary School in Valparaiso. https://conta.cc/3qIGv5c

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You will definitely want take time to sit a spell and enjoy the latest issue of Garden Thyme! It's full of great informa...
05/26/2023

You will definitely want take time to sit a spell and enjoy the latest issue of Garden Thyme! It's full of great information!https://www.pcgarden.info/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Vol-9-Issue-3-Garden-Thyme.pdf

Time to Garden Walk very soon! Saturday, June 24! Lots of details in our e-newsletter! https://conta.cc/43bf95I
05/20/2023

Time to Garden Walk very soon! Saturday, June 24! Lots of details in our e-newsletter! https://conta.cc/43bf95I

This is a great native plant / birding resource!
05/19/2023

This is a great native plant / birding resource!

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation.

The Master Gardeners are enjoying a tour of the Horticulture Center at the Valparaiso Parks Dept. Thank you, Steve Marti...
04/20/2023

The Master Gardeners are enjoying a tour of the Horticulture Center at the Valparaiso Parks Dept. Thank you, Steve Martinson!

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04/05/2023

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It's Time to Apply for PCMGA Grants and Scholarships!

PCMGA invites college students, individuals, groups or charitable organizations in Porter County to apply for $1,000 scholarships or up to $300 in grants for materials for gardening/horticulture-related volunteer projects. For details, please visit
https://www.pcgarden.info/grants-scholarships/

There's sure to be interesting information shared here!
03/14/2023

There's sure to be interesting information shared here!

Saturday, March 18th at Willow from 12:00 to 1:00

Come learn about micropraries and the impact they have on the wildlife around us....and how YOU can have an impact as well.

We're excited to learn what Scott has to share.





206 S. Calumet, Chesterton





This is donation based. We encourage you to donate and help Pheasants Forever continue spreading awareness about protecting the wildlife. Every little bit counts!

Are we ready to get back to our outdoor gardens this spring? Yes! We are all excited about that! After looking over your...
03/01/2023

Are we ready to get back to our outdoor gardens this spring? Yes! We are all excited about that! After looking over your landscape, perhaps you’ll consider sharing it (or nominate a neighbor’s or friend’s place) on our annual Porter County Garden Walk. If so, please call 219-465-3555 or contact [email protected]. In the meantime, kick back and enjoy Garden Thyme: https://www.pcgarden.info/garden-thyme-vol-9-issue-2/

And this was in today's paper! A great opportunity to apply for grants and scholarships from PCMGA!
02/26/2023

And this was in today's paper! A great opportunity to apply for grants and scholarships from PCMGA!

The Porter County Master Gardeners Association invites college students, individuals, groups or charitable organizations in Porter County to apply for $1,000 scholarships or up to $300 in grants for materials

It's Time to Apply for PCMGA Grants and Scholarships!PCMGA invites college students, individuals, groups or charitable o...
02/09/2023

It's Time to Apply for PCMGA Grants and Scholarships!

PCMGA invites college students, individuals, groups or charitable organizations in Porter County to apply for $1,000 scholarships or up to $300 in grants for materials for gardening/horticulture-related volunteer projects. For details, please visit
https://www.pcgarden.info/grants-scholarships/

Did you enjoy the 17th Annual Gardening Show? You might enjoy this picture video that Nancy Rosene Photography put toget...
02/09/2023

Did you enjoy the 17th Annual Gardening Show? You might enjoy this picture video that Nancy Rosene Photography put together! We think it's a wonderful recap of a very special event.

Highlights of the 2023 17th Annual Gardening Show 2023

While at the 17th Annual Gardening Show Wayne interviewed some great Lake, LaPorte and Porter County Master Gardeners in...
01/26/2023

While at the 17th Annual Gardening Show Wayne interviewed some great Lake, LaPorte and Porter County Master Gardeners in this week's Wednesdays with Wayne!

Wayne attended the 17th Annual Porter County Master Gardener Show and asked several attendees "What excites you about gardening in 2023?". Follow along and s...

Jean Hartwig was the very lucky winner of the gorgeous granite bench and sun bubble, donated by Chesterton Feed & Garden...
01/23/2023

Jean Hartwig was the very lucky winner of the gorgeous granite bench and sun bubble, donated by Chesterton Feed & Garden Center !

Well, the 17th Annual Gardening Show was one for the record books! Nearly 2900 people attended this wonderful show. Than...
01/22/2023

Well, the 17th Annual Gardening Show was one for the record books! Nearly 2900 people attended this wonderful show. Thank you so much to our vendors, volunteers and our incredible attendees! We loved sharing our love for gardening with you!

Check out this amazing selection of used Garden Items! So much to see!! 17th Annual Gardening Show  Happening Now!
01/21/2023

Check out this amazing selection of used Garden Items! So much to see!! 17th Annual Gardening Show Happening Now!

It's showtime! Come today! Saturday,  8-4! 17th Annual Gardening Show at Porter County Expo Center!
01/21/2023

It's showtime! Come today! Saturday, 8-4! 17th Annual Gardening Show at Porter County Expo Center!

We’re getting questions about the Seed & Bulb Exchange, which is a big part of the 17th Annual Gardening Show. First, wi...
01/19/2023

We’re getting questions about the Seed & Bulb Exchange, which is a big part of the 17th Annual Gardening Show. First, with paid admission, every entrant gets 4 tickets that can be exchanged for free seeds, bulbs or used garden magazines/books. We have nearly 13,000 packets of seeds, which includes seeds that the PCMGA has been packaging plus commercial seed donations. We have 1,100 packages of bulbs. Attendees can bring their own packaged seeds/bulbs and exchange them for even more tickets. AND tickets can also be purchased for 25 cents each. All of this happens in the seed exchange area of the show. Check out our guidelines here: https://www.pcgarden.info/seed-bulb-exchange/

01/19/2023

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If anyone wants to come see how things have changed in the two months since the garden walk, tomorrow is our Open Farm & Craft Fair at The Edge of Liberty
Just two more weeks until the Porter County Master Gardeners annual garden walk, featuring The Edge of Liberty as one of the six gorgeous gardens you can tour (get your tickets before they're gone!)

Sadly that means that Batsh*t Crazy Farms is being a little neglected so I'm determined to spend this morning out there w**ding, thinning, and pruning - and you can stop by and help!

No I don't want you to help w**d - it's just that most of what needs thinning and pruning is edible and I'd rather you take home some gorgeous kale, Swiss chard, five kinds of lettuce, radishes, herbs, scallions, oregano, thyme, chamomile, Mexican oregano, garlic chives, cilantro, and strawberries...than for me to overfeed the chickens.

It's not really a market event - it's just a "stop by and say hi" because I'll be in the garden until noon with bags, zip ties, and scissors.

Come early if you want lettuce - it starts getting bitter if picked after 10am
We're going to be super busy at The Edge of Liberty until the end of June getting ready for the Porter County Master Gardeners annual garden walk, so our calendar of events has been updated. https://batsh*tcrazyfarms.com/calendar

There will be no mini-market days for herbs and greens in June, and we'll start up with our regularly scheduled Market Day events on Saturdays from 10-2 in July.

But that doesn't mean you can't get your batsh*t crazy fix until then - on our home page we are taking appointments any day between 9 and 5 for product pickups, tours, or fresh herbs and greens.

Don't forget - we got extra plants! still plenty of tomatoes and sweet potatoes, but if you're looking for herbs or peppers - hurry and set up an appointment before we run out!
I would like to get some ladybugs 🐞 and some praying mantis cocoons. Is there anywhere local? I live in Crown Point.
My granddaughter and I came to your 2020 seed exchange/garden show [our first] and LOVED it....so disappointed that 2021 is postponed. We will see you on the 22nd of 2021 tho....thank you
Enjoy working with plants and people? Apply now!
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Here’s a couple lilies (day and oriental)😂 These would have shown today😢 So disappointing
Today Is The Day!

Your favorite vendors are ready for to bring you fresh vegetables, greens, herbs, plants, breads, kombuchas, sweets, pizzas, and more! Come by and say hello to The Rolling Stonebaker, Bao's Pastry, Anna’s Kombucha Cafe, House of Rufus, Native Roots Farm, Lanes End Farm, Fairstream Farms, Laird Farm, Rensselaer, Indiana, and We’re Growing Crazy/H & H Flowers!!!

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

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.
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!!!!!!